It wasn't a question of whether comic D.L. Hughley would be eliminated on "Dancing with the Stars" this season, but when.
That moment came on Tuesday night when Hughley learned that he was the fourth celebrity out of the ABC series. He's struggled throughout the competition, and his battles with judge Len Goodman over how he was being criticized became an early storyline this season.
There's an old adage in showbiz that "the show must go on." That was the case Monday night at "Dancing with the Stars," as the celebrities and their pro partners took to the dance floor just hours after the devastating bombings at the Boston Marathon.
The victims of Boston were not forgotten during the show, as host Tom Bergeron, who spent much of his early broadcasting career in Boston, expressed his love to "everyone back home" in the city, while gymnast Aly Raisman, who was born in the suburb of Needham, dedicated her samba to Boston.
Monday night's "Dancing with the Stars" was supposed to be all about the celebrities performing a routine based on the best years of their lives.
But much of the focus was on whether one of the stars would even dance at all.
Tuesday may have been an elimination night on "Dancing with the Stars," but the focus was again on the feud between D.L. Hughley and judge Len Goodman.
Hughley took Goodman to task while speaking with CNN after Monday night's show, accusing the Brit of being a "coward and a bully" for continuing to criticize his Monday salsa, and not allowing him to defend himself. (You can hear what Goodman said to Hughley, as well as the comic's reaction, by watching the video above.)
Monday's "Dancing with the Stars" took the 11 remaining teams to the prom, meaning '70s ruffles, '80s hair and all-out cheese were happening in full force on the dance floor.
It was a good night for boxer Victor Ortiz, who overcame two weeks of struggles to deliver a solid contemporary routine that earned him a 23 from the judges - and likely kept him out of the upcoming elimination.
"Dancing with the Stars" eliminated its first contestant on Tuesday, but it didn't happen thanks to votes from viewers.
Instead, Monday's dismissal came at the advice of a spinal surgeon.
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