Drew Carey is maintaining his sense of humor after he and partner Cheryl Burke, his "miracle-worker," were eliminated from ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
The "Price Is Right" host and comedian has also been joking about his participation on the show in his standup acts and has even coined a nickname for the series.
"I already have a "Dancing With The Stars" bit that's about two minutes, three minutes long. It'll probably end up being about 10 minutes of my act, eventually. I said, 'Many of you have seen me on 'Dancing With The Stars,' or as I like to call it, 'Dancing With Women Who Are Way Out of Your League,'" Carey said, laughing, in an interview with OTRC.com following his and Burke's elimination during week 6 on Monday, April 21.
On the show's Disney night last week, the two received a score of 28 out of 40 points the week before for their Quickstep, set to the tune of "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin , and came in last. On Monday night's show, before they were eliminated, they performed a Tango, set to Rick James' 1981 hit "Super Freak," and were given 32 out of 40 points, placing last again (read a recap).
"I was so far behind from last week -- there was no way I could come back, I don't think," Carey told OTRC.com. "I mean, you know, I'm a realist. I'm optimistic and I have a positive attitude, but I'm also a realist."
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The TV star added that the Quickstep was a "merciless" dance, adding: "I pity anyone who's doing the Quickstep. That's the worst."
Carey said he worked 16 hours a day while he was on "Dancing With The Stars" but that his experience was fulfilling.
"It was really grueling, the hours, honestly," he said. "Cheryl could tell - I was tired a lot ... She pulled off a miracle every week, teaching me how to dance. She's like a miracle-worker."
"He's such a generous soul," Burke said about Carey. "I mean, honestly, I never really realized that until the weeks have gone by and we spent so much time together. You know, Drew Carey was the biggest name on this show, I think, for this season. I grew up kind of watching him, so to be able to dance with him and learn from him and how generous and kind he is, it's pretty amazing."Burke had told OTRC.com before the season 18 premiere in March that Carey was one of the few partners out of the 17 she had had that she did not have to Google before she met them.
So what are Carey's post-"Dancing With The Stars" plans, aside from his regular hosting duties on "The Price Is Right"?
"I think I might take a nap," he joked. "I might sleep in."
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Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).