Reality-TV personality Kendra Wikinson was in tears Tuesday night after being automatically eliminated from the celebrity diving competition show “Splash” after refusing to complete a high-dive off a 23-foot platform.
The 27-year-old “Girls Next Door” star approached the diving board only to start crying to her partner Rory Bushfield.
“I can’t do it,” Wilkinson said as the crowd quickly changed from cheers of applause to an audible boo. “I wish I could do it for everybody but I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry everybody,” she said.
Once Wilkinson revealed her decision to leave the show, she told “Splash” host Charissa Thompson that quitting is not in her nature.
“It’s very bittersweet. One thing I don’t do is quit, and this is the first time in my life I’ve quit something, so I’m not happy that I quit. This will haunt me for the rest of my life,” she said. “This won’t be a happy ending for me.”
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The reality star tweeted her apologies to fans of the new series Tuesday night, admitting that she now realizes diving is not her forte.
“Damn I got a lot of hate tonight but I’ll take it. Big mistake signing up for the show. Sorry I let you all down …” she said.
Before her infamous elimination, Wilkinson told Young Hollywood last week that she had already considered pulling out of the competition due to her fear of heights.
“I lost it. I didn’t expect it to look that high. … Going up on the diving board and just freezing is something I’m not used to,” she said.
Wilkinson stated in an earlier episode of the program that she didn’t understand why she was picked to star in the show, which also features celebrities such as “Drake and Josh” actor Drake Bell and basketball icon Kareem Adbul-Jabbar.
“People ask why I’m famous and my answer is I have no idea. I don’t do anything. I am who I am and people like it for some odd reason,” she said.
Before appearing on the ABC show, Wilkinson starred on five seasons of “The Girls Next Door,” focusing on her life as a girlfriend to 86-year-old Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner. Two spin-off shows followed, “Kendra” on E! and “Kendra on Top” on WETV.
Wilkinson previously made headlines after having issues with her "Splash" diving trainer Greg Louganis, who called her attention-loving and said fear of heights was an “act.”
“I know Greg is the best diver of all time everybody probably be pissed at me if I talk s--t about him but guess what-- I’m going to talk s--t about him. I don’t like him,” said Wilkinson.
“Splash” airs on ABC on Tues. at 8 p.m. EST.