Karina Smirnoff Didn't Get into Trouble at Dancing over Playboy
04/08/2011 AT 06:55 PM EDT
Despite reports that producers angrily felt she hurt the program's image, a source close to the show says, "They did know ahead of time and they still gave her one of the best pairings."
Smirnoff, 32, is dancing with point leader Ralph Macchio. Her photo shoot was done before the season started and will appear in the May issue of Playboy.
Although no other Dancing pro has posed for the magazine, Smirnoff is not the first from the show to do so.
Co-host Brooke Burke and competitors including Kendra Wilkinson, Lisa Rinna, Pamela Anderson, Holly Madison and Denise Richards have appeared in Playboy.