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"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Jaleel White Eliminated

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Jaleel White has left the Dancing with the Stars family.

The former Family Matters star and his pro partner, Kym Johnson, were dismissed from the ballroom Tuesday night after losing the final dance duel of the season to Roshon Fegan and the Disney actor's partner, Chelsie Hightower.

After falling into the bottom two, both couples danced the rumba to the Adele hit "Set Fire to the Rain." All three judges voted to save Fegan rather than White.

White, best known for playing the nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel on Family Matters, said he exceeded his own expectations after promising his mother that he would last long enough in the competition to perform "three good dances."

Before and after his elimination, White tweaked Len Goodman over the judge's honest critiques. He said at one point, "Len is the old guy outside of a grocery store who won't give the kid any money for candy."

On Monday's classical music-themed performance show, White and Johnson landed in the bottom half of the leader board following a Viennese waltz and "team tango." The lowest-scoring celebrity, Melissa Gilbert, will return next Monday along with five other stars.

Recently-eliminated contestant Gavin DeGraw was the musical guest on the results show, performing his new single "Sweeter."

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Jaleel White: Tabloids Are ‘Beating Me Up’

ABC/Bob D'Amico (NEW YORK) -- “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Jaleel White has been getting high marks from the show’s judges, but off the dance floor, the actor said he has become the victim of tabloid reports.

“Somehow I’ve become the paparazzi whipping boy for the show. I didn’t sign up for that,” White told ABC News. “My track record in life speaks for itself.”

White’s ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his daughter, accused him of being verbally and physically abusive, Radar Online reported.

The 90′s sitcom star has also been dogged by claims that he got into a “heated” argument with his dancing partner Kym Johnson and the show’s producers, according to Us Weekly.

White admitted the grueling seven day a week rehearsals can cause emotions to run high.

“The thing that’s tough about this show is you have a camera and you go, you know five hours a day and every move you make other than going to the bathroom, they’re there,” he said.  “Imagine just learning how to dance and learning how to do anything you don’t know how to do and the frustration you’ll have with yourself and you know all of a sudden that becomes somebody else’s entertainment.”

White said his difficult week has proven to him he is “a hell of a lot more resilient” than he knew, and he’s channeling that drive into his tango for this Monday’s rock week theme.

“I’m doing a tango, lots of tricky footwork,” he said.

White wouldn’t say the name of the song he’s dancing to with Johnson, but gave a hint: “I am channeling my inner Mick Jagger.”

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Jaleel White Denies Abuse Allegations Again 

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Family Matters star and current Dancing with the Stars contestant Jaleel White is again denying claims by an ex-girlfriend that he hit her “across the chest” and subjected her to verbal abuse.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, White says he believes Bridget Hardy, with whom he has a 2-year-old daughter, is only after one thing: money.

Hardy told Star magazine last week that White hit her in May 2010 after she confronted him for allegedly cheating on her.

White, who has never faced charges in connection with Hardy's claims, tells ET, there was “zero” physical abuse during the relationship.  He says Hardy is only coming forward because he’s on a high profile TV show.

White, 35, stated previously that he has “been co-parenting for two years in peace,” and Hardy sold her story to Star magazine when he wouldn't cooperate with her demands.

White tells ET, “She didn't ask me for money not to talk because I didn't give her a face-to-face.”  The TV star says Hardy asked for a meeting at a coffee shop, but he insisted that communication be made via email.

“I have to assume that that's what it's about -- if you're not going to put it in email form.  That it's like, 'Hey here's my offer,’” White said.

White also tells ET there was no verbal abuse, explaining, “Couples argue, that's normal.  I'm not going to pretend like we didn't have any arguments, obviously we broke up, but to say verbal abuse, and to come out with that during Dancing with the Stars, when this is an old child custody case matter that was settled in 2010, this is not a new story.  It was an attack on my joy.”

Aside from his appearances on Dancing with the Stars, White will host a new Syfy competition, Total Blackout, beginning next month.

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Jaleel White Responds to Ex's Abuse Allegations

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Current Dancing with the Stars contestant Jaleel White says it is "particularly hurtful" that an ex-girlfriend, with whom he has a 2-year-old daughter, has gone public with abuse allegations she initially made two years ago.

Bridget Hardy tells Star magazine the former Family Matters star hit her "across the chest area" in May of 2010 after she confronted him for allegedly cheating on her. She also says, “He pushed me into the toilet, and it broke. Water went everywhere, through the walls and even to the kitchen downstairs."

White, who never faced charges in connection with Hardy's claims, has issued a statement to People magazine that reads in part, "The allegations made against me back in 2010 have suspiciously resurfaced in time to coincide with my new show on Syfy and Dancing With The Stars."

White denies the allegations, but he says he cannot discuss the case publicly, per court instructions.

White says he has been paying child support to Hardy and that "up until now we have had a workable joint custody arrangement."

Aside from his appearances on Dancing with the Stars, White will host a new Syfy competition, Total Blackout, beginning next month.

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Jaleel White Will Perform Urkel Moves on "DWTS" If It Feels 'Organic'

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LOS ANGELES) -- Jaleel White could channel his famous alter ego, Steve Urkel, when he competes on Dancing with the Stars, beginning Monday.

The former Family Matters actor says he'll incorporate a few Urkel moves into his routines, "if something feels organic."

By way of comparison, White says he's not sure that Karate Kid star and 2011 contestant Ralph Macchio did his film's trademark "crane kick" during his season.  He adds that somebody told him that Macchio did in fact perform the "crane kick" on the show.

White is one of 12 celebrities who will perform on the season premiere of the ABC dance competition this Monday.  As he points out, he'll be joined in the ballroom by Gladys Knight, who played his mother in the short-lived 1980s sitcom Charlie & Co.

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'Dancing With the Stars' New Season 14 Cast Revealed

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- A whole new celebrity cast is putting on their dancing shoes and preparing to take the ballroom by storm on Season 14 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Actor Jack Wagner of Melrose Place fame, TV star Melissa Gilbert, who became a household name as Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, The View co-host Sherri Shepherd, and Jaleel White, best known as Steve Urkel from Family Matters, are among this season's headliners.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, TV host Maria Menounos, Motown great Gladys Knight, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Disney star Roshon Fegan, NFL champ Donald Driver, singer Gavin Degraw and Telenovela actor William Levy round out the celebrity line-up.

The new cast and their professional partners made their official debut Tuesday on Good Morning America.  Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet joined GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for the live announcement.

The new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres in a live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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