Jerry Springer Bids Adieu to ‘Dancing’
October 26, 2006

The dance floor was flooded with emotion Wednesday night as “Dancing with the Stars” said goodbye to this season’s heart and soul, Jerry Springer.

“This is unbelievable; I hope everyone has a moment in life where,” Jerry began to reveal before being moved to tears.

On Thursday morning, Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was still moved by Jerry’s tear-jerking remarks.

“I cried last night, then I cried this morning, then I cried just a while ago,” she admitted. “I’m so sad that Jerry’s gone. He really put himself out there, and what was great, I kept hearing him say, ‘It's so great to come here and finally get to be me.’”

“It's the first time I’ve ever, in 30 years on television, that I didn't have to play a role,” Jerry told the crowd, admitting, “I felt vulnerable.”

Backstage, our special correspondent Shanna Moakler asked the man of the hour whether he’d suit up for the recently announced “Dancing” tour.

“Only if they want people to leave,” Jerry joked. “No, I will buy a ticket, but I think I’m hanging up my dancing shoes.”

Country star Martina McBride brought a little country flavor to Jerry’s farewell show, but she also sent Sara Evans and fellow embattled country star Keith Urban a little message.

“Just that we’re praying for them, and hang in there,” Martina said.

But now that Jerry is gone, it’s time to get serious.

“It’s going to get really serious because here now we have four really, really talented dancers,” Carrie Ann explained.

And Carrie Ann thinks there’s one who “Dancing” contestant who’s on a roll: Emmitt Smith.

“He’s got the energy, he’s got the momentum; it’s almost like you can tell he’s got a strategy,” Carrie Ann said. “He didn’t peak too early.”

Watch the “Dancing Stars” get straight to business, next week on ABC.


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