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'Dancing With The Stars' celeb Sherri Shepherd says she didn't break rules

March 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
"The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd has responded to tabloid rumors that she broke the rules of "Dancing With The Stars" by practicing with her dance partner before the competition began.

Radar Online reported on Thursday that Shepherd was practicing with her partner long before the couples were announced.

On Thursday's episode of "The View," Shepherd set the record straight.

"It was incorrectly reported that Max Chmerkovskiy is my dance partner. He's not. His brother Val is my partner. We have never, Val and I, we have never, I say never, we have never danced together," Shepherd said.

Radar Online later pulled the report.

Shepherd says she's only met with Val Chmerkovskiy socially. She went on to say that she's taken dance lessons to prepare for her wedding and because she loves to dance, and that those lessons began long before any negotiations took place with "Dancing With The Stars."

The rest of the cast includes singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw with pro dancer Karina Smirnoff; R&B legend Gladys Knight with pro dancer Tristan MacManus;; TV personality Maria Menounos with pro dancer Derek Hough; "Family Matters" actor Jaleel White with pro dancer Kym Johnson; "Melrose Place" actor Jack Wagner with pro dancer Anna Trebunskaya; actress Melissa Gilbert with pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy; actor and model William Levy with pro dancer Cheryl Burke; tennis legend Martina Navratilova with pro dancer Tony Dovolani; Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan with pro dancer Chelsie Hightower; Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver with pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd; and opera star Katherine Jenkins with pro dancer Mark Ballas.

"Dancing With The Stars" kicks off with a two-hour season premiere on Monday, March 19, at 8 p.m. on ABC7.

Check out photos of this season's dancing pairs rehearsing for Monday's premiere.


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