Sean Avery Karina SmirnoffMost of the show is real, honest, and impossible to fake -- but after hearing that Sean Avery's exit from Dancing With the Stars last week may not have been because he got the lowest number of viewer votes? Yeah, well, it just adds more fuel to the rumor fire as far as DWTS being totally rigged.

An insider told RadarOnline, "Sean getting the boot from the show was purely political and it stemmed from him being upset about a video package introducing his dance in which they portrayed him as a bad boy/playboy. Sean called the EP, Conrad Green, and told him to go f**k himself and then hung up."

And then suddenly it was revealed that there would be a surprise double elimination, which sent Sean packing in addition to Diana Nyad.

Huh. Seems a bit convenient the way that worked out, doesn't it?

Oh, and did I mention that Sean even admitted that he had a disagreement with the producer? Yep. When he and Karina appeared on GMA after their exit, he said, "I had conversation with Conrad Green, one of the producers. I was upset at the package they had run the week before. It was a very tacky attempt to show me as the bad boy of Dancing With the Stars. I think in reality TV or any competition, if you have a disagreement with the producers, that seals your fate quite early."

OMG. Don't you see what this means? It's yet another sign that the viewers who call in and vote each week really don't make a difference on who winds up being sent home.

Voting is merely a formality -- and producers select who stays and who goes to influence ratings.

Makes sense, don't you think?

Think about past seasons of the show. Haven't you sat there wondering why in the heck some contestants kept coming back week after week when you knew there was no way in hell anyone was voting for them? (Or at least not based on performance.)

Or how about when a beloved contestant suddenly got the boot much earlier than expected. Almost like there must have been some sort of glitch in the voting? Hmm. Interesting.

Of course, this doesn't mean any of us will stop watching the show or anything. Especially with season 18, some of the cast members are just way too inspirational to resist tuning in to see dance each week.

But still, it's sort of a bummer that things may not be as cut and dry as the show wants us to believe they are. Oh well. I guess we don't have to feel bad if we forget to vote and one of our favorites gets the boot as a result.

Do you think DWTS is rigged?

 

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