Cheryl Burke Apologizes for Saying Working With Ian Ziering on 'Dancing With the Stars' 'Made Me Want to Slit
By Antoinette Bueno
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Cheryl Burke is regretting her recent choice of words.
The 31-year-old dancing pro got candid on Matt Weiss and Theo Von's Allegedly podcast recently, and talked about her less than stellar experience working with actor Ian Ziering. Burke called the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum her "least favorite" Dancing With the Stars partner ever.
"[Working with him] made me want to slit my wrists," Burke commented.
Burke apologized for the quote on Sunday, saying she was "out of line."
"In the heat of an interview conversation, I used a phrase that seemingly makes light of suicide and I deeply regret it," she tweeted. "I have many friends and family members that struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. To have said something that seemingly makes a mockery of what they've gone through and what they live with is something that I apologize for. I never meant to hurt anyone or to trivialize the topic. I was out of line and for that I apologize."
"I've always lived by the rule that if you don't have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all," she added. "Recently and regrettably, I broke that rule."
I’ve always lived by the rule that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. (cont) https://t.co/Fe6KBqjfnG
Burke was partnered with Ziering, 52, for season four of DWTS. The two eventually finished in fourth place, but according to Burke, she wanted out much earlier.
"I was, like, crying to the executives," she said during the podcast. "I was, like, 'Is there any way to please just eliminate us?' They're like, 'We can't. We can't do that.' And I swear, every time I asked, we just kept going. We would last till the end."
"I didn't try [to get people to vote for us]," she admitted.
When Weiss and Von commented that they were "bothered" by Ziering's character during his appearance on The Celebrity Apprentice last year, calling him "intense," Burke agreed.
"That's the true colors that they didn’t show on Dancing With the Stars," she said. "Think of spending time with that for, like, eight to 10 hours a day, seven days a week for three months."
Burke also mocked the pronunciation of Ziering's first name.
"By the way, it is Hollywood because the fact that his name is not EE-AN and it's EYE-AN makes me want to throw up," she joked.