April 3rd, 2012
11:28 AM ET
An Us Weekly report sparked speculation before Monday's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" that celebrity contestant Jaleel White had caused some controversy behind-the-scenes.
According to the magazine, White allegedly "flipped out" on his "Dancing" partner Kym Johnson during rehearsal Friday, reportedly yelling at her after she responded with an "Ouch!" when he stepped on her foot.
The publication cites sources who claim that White criticized Johnson for "acting like a baby," and called her an "idiot."
The report also claims that "DWTS" pro Mark Ballas got involved in the alleged dispute, and that producers had to step in and break up their reported confrontation "before it got physical."
But both Johnson and White, who acknowledged his partner for being "strong" for him "all week" on Monday's show, downplayed the reports to CNN.
"You see in the taped pieces we have a lot of fun in rehearsals. We're having a great time on the dance floor and hopefully we'll continue to do amazing dances with each other," Johnson said Monday. "This competition is very, very stressful. Everyone has good weeks and bad weeks. This is the first time we had four days days to learn a dance, it was personal story week so I think it was stressful, but we're fine. We're absolutely fine."
White, for his part, added that people should pay more attention to the performances than the rumors surrounding them.
"Tabloids like to have a lot of extra fun with this show. I've never experienced that in my career," he said. "I hope people can watch the show. That's what it's about, and [they can take] what they take from that."
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