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Backstage, Marilu Henner was all smiles, despite being the latest to leave the show. “This week was just golden. I’m so happy. I get to go see my son in Santa Fe [now], and then I’m seeing my other one in Prague over Thanksgiving. It all happens for a reason, and I’m so happy.” Marilu will also be back in two weeks for the finale.
As for her partnership with Derek, it came under some scrutiny last week when the cameras picked up on some tension. So what was the real story? “Literally the week before [last], Marilu goes on camera [and says], ‘Hey Derek! Think we need to have a fight or some more drama? I don’t think we have a dramatic story enough!’ I said, ‘No, Marilu! We’re good! We don’t need drama, we’re fine, we’re fine!’ And then of course…I’m watching this [rehearsal] package, and I’m like, ‘Those sons of a bitches!’ [Laughs] Cause I’m the first one to be like, ‘OK, I was such a jerk this week, and I’m sorry…’ but the week itself was not that. I took that personally because I’ve done this for 11 years.”
The two were all laughs as they told the above-mentioned story, and were more than game to talk the ups and downs of their journey. Speaking of the ups, having Mark Ballas back was certainly one of the season’s best moments. Said Derek: “A friend of mine, she texted me yesterday and said, ‘Seeing your energy [when you saw] Mark, you lit up.’ I really miss him. I really miss him.”
Fox News also had a really fun chat with our couple backstage! Below is just a small excerpt, be sure to read it all! It shows how much fun and blast both of them had during their time together 😀
Hough, 31, told reporters backstage that he learned many things from the veteran star, 64, including the meaning of the word physiognomy and “how to get rid of a bruise by rubbing it out with a pencil eraser.
“Oh, the other ones are sexual tips and I can’t, I can’t,” Hough then stammered.
Standing by his side, Henner smiled, “I’m so matter of fact about this stuff.”
Hough, who has been dating fellow “DWTS” hoofer Hayley Erbert, exclaimed, “My favorite–she was like, she’s like, ‘I’ve gotta teach your girlfriend how to do this one.’ I was like, whoa, okay. Hey!”
Hough didn’t elaborate, but Henner added, “We had a blast.”