Geraldo Rivera was forced to say goodbye to the Mirror Ball trophy Monday night when the award-winning journalist and his Season 22 partner Edyta Śliwińska were eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars.” Although the dancing duo were the first couple to get the ballroom boot this 2016 spring season, Geraldo said that he enjoyed his brief gig on the hit ABC show.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said on “Good Morning America” before gushing about his dance partner. “[Edyta is] the most superb dancer and she deserved a much better partner. She’s so patient and charismatic and wonderfully supportive.”
One of the ways Edyta supported her partner was by helping him turn his Week 2 routine into a political parody. For their Latin-themed dance, Geraldo played the role of Donald Trump, spinning Edyta (as Melania Trump) around the dance floor.
“Unfortunately, you did not make dance great again, but you did make me laugh,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said during her critique of the routine, adding that Geraldo found a “little bit” more rhythm in the salsa.
As entertaining as their comical salsa was, it didn’t earn them enough votes to keep them in the competition.
Edyta told “GMA” she was upset to leave the ballroom so quickly. “He has so much more to offer and show,” she said, revealing that they had a really amazing routine planned for Week 3, which will be themed as the contestant’s “Most Memorable Year.”
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 29, 2016
Edyta wasn’t the only one heartbroken to see Geraldo eliminated. According to the New York native, his 10-year-old daughter was sobbing when she found out her dad had been asked to sashay off the dance floor.
“The one person who could console her was Von Miller,” Geraldo said, noting that his fellow “DWTS” competitor walked over to his daughter to comfort her. “She calmed down immediately. It was a touching [moment].”
Were you surprised to see Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Śliwińska eliminated from the competition? Sound off in the comments section below. Season 22 of “Dancing With the Stars” will continue to air Mondays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.