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Hope Solo has yet to enjoy the last glimmer of spotlight afforded outgoing Dancing With the Stars competitors.
The soccer star, eliminated Tuesday night during the semifinals alongside partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, did not get traditional exit tour which includes stops at that night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live and the following day’s Good Morning America.
It was not, however, her call. A show representative tells The Hollywood Reporter that the network decided to promote the final three competitors — Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian and J.R. Martinez — before next week’s finale and that the decision was made before the eliminated contestant was revealed.
After their appearance on Kimmel, the trio woke up early Wednesday morning for a satellite interview with Good Morning America. This is usually the slot given to the eliminated couple, who fly from Los Angeles to New York the night before.
And it wouldn’t be so unusual if Solo and Chmerkovskiy hadn’t completely skipped out on any interviews backstage at Tuesday’s show.
The soccer star only began an interview with Extra correspondent (and Dancing With the Stars pro) Tony Dovolani, before getting choked up. Her rep told reporters that she had gotten emotional and wouldn’t be able to speak with any members of the press. Chmerkovskiy did not avail himself either.
Wednesday morning, Solo returned to her home in Seattle, Washington, where she’s been active on Twitter, writing positively of her experience on the show and that her lack of media time wasn’t intended to “cheat” fans.
So is that the last we’ve seen of Hope?
A show rep says the contestant is available for interviews and appearances before she returns for the Season 13 finale next Tuesday. She’s currently scheduled to appear remotely on Anderson Cooper‘s daytime talk show later in the week.
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