October 26th, 2011
10:19 AM ET
He surprised many by lasting this far, but Chaz Bono's time on "Dancing With the Stars" has come to an end.
The author and transgender activist was eliminated last night after he struggled with a difficult tango on Monday's performance show. Nevertheless, Bono was pleased with how his run on the show turned out.
"I got farther than I thought I would," Bono told CNN after the show. "I had an amazing time with (pro partner Lacey Schwimmer) every day. "I'm so grateful that I did it."
Bono's exit came one day after judge Bruno Tonioli called him a "cute little penguin" following his rumba. Tonioli appeared to dismiss Bono's concerns over the remarks Tuesday, shrugging off the activist's per-recorded criticism. But Bono says he's leaving the show on a high note.
"I wanted to show America a different kind of man," Bono told host Tom Bergeron. "If there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different."
Joining Bono in the bottom two was soccer star Hope Solo, whose pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was the talk of the water-cooler Monday for calling on judge Len Goodman to retire, then declaring that "Dancing With the Stars" was his show. Chmerkovskiy used Tuesday's results episode to apologize for the latter comment.
"I kind of had an idea in my head and it came out wrong," Chmerkovskiy told co-host Brooke Burke Charvet. "It's not my show. I'm part of a very large cast and I'm very proud of being here."
Six celebrities, including HLN's Nancy Grace, remain in the competition. Next week, the celebs will perform dances in honor of Halloween.
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