Fourth Dancing Casualty Rocco ‘Grateful’ for Experience

Fourth Dancing Casualty Rocco ‘Grateful’ for Experience
Craig Sjodin/ABC

10/15/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT



It came down to Cloris Leachman and Rocco DiSpirito in this week's bottom two. In the end DiSpirito and his partner Karina Smirnoff weren't so lucky. After being spared from elimination the week before, the celebrity chef became the fourth casualty on season seven of the Dancing with the Stars.

While DiSpirito may have lacked grace on the dancefloor, he took his loss with the kind of grace that would surely make his Mama proud. "I have nothing but grateful feelings to the entire cast and crew," said DiSpirito, before addressing his dance partner. "Karina, I know teaching me how to dance must feel like pushing a stone up a hill sometimes. I owe you for the gift of dance. I really appreciate it." He then planted a kiss on his partner's hand.

DiSpirito even faced his harshest critic, judge Bruno Tonioli--and won him over with flattery. Addressing the judge, DiSpirito said: "I think for my final request, I would love it if Bruno could show me how to move my hips properly." Tonioli happily obliged and the two men gyrated to the delight of the audience, which led host Tom Bergeron to quip, "And now we leave you with Bruno and Rocco's last dance."



Tell us: Were you surprised Cloris was spared and Rocco was eliminated? Craig Sjodin/ABC

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