Report: ABC May Fire Karina Smirnoff Over Playboy Shoot

Karina Smirnoff

The network reportedly is protecting 'Dancing with the Stars' family-friendly image so hard that they may let the professional dancer go.

Following Hugh Hefner's tweet that teased Karina Smirnoff as the May issue cover of Playboy, ABC reportedly is frantic about the kind of attention that "Dancing with the Stars" will get. "If Karina posed naked, she can kiss her dancing days goodbye," a show's insider told PopEater. "I hope for Karina's sake that this isn't true."

"DWTS", despite skimpy clothes and sexy dances, is categorized as family TV. Karina, reportedly has violated the terms of her contract by posing nude for the cover without getting a consent from the show's bosses. "ABC publicity department controls the image of this show with an iron fist. It's a cash cow and they are not going to allow its reputation to be soiled by a dancer who wants to do Playboy," an ABC source said.

In fact, the execs have applied the theory on host Tom Bergeron. "Just a few weeks ago, ABC PR stopped Tom Bergeron from doing a live webcast with an outlet they didn't approve of. I can only imagine is going on right now after Hef's tweet," the source added.

Karina's issue of Playboy would be out later this month, possibly while she's still dancing on the show with surprise favorite Ralph Macchio. Rep of the pro dancer and ABC are yet to comment on the report. But it's not likely that ABC will give Karina a harsh treatment because this season is featuring another woman who has posed for Playboy, Kendra Wilkinson.


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    Apr 13, 2011

    The "stars" who have posed in Playboy have done so in the past. If they were currently in Playboy I doubt they would have been invited on the show. Kendra is married with a child now, and those days appear to be behind her. Karina is an EMPLOYEE bound by different rules. I think she's gone. If not, many of their advertisers might be. These stay at home mommies will spend their days harassing the advertisers until she is.

    Apr 09, 2011

    Well thats a shame. I thought this young lady had morals. I have now changed my opinion of her.

    Apr 08, 2011

    Karine should be fired--what a stuck up slut. DWTS should do away with the Heffner bimbos they seem to get. This is a family show. If she stays, I will not be watching this show again! Lets have some morals!

    Apr 08, 2011

    Hold on...ABC/Disney is producing a show called "Good Christian Bitches"! Isn't DWTS concerned THAT is going to tarnish their image? Or is the money just TOO good for DWTS to leave ABC? Wotta buncha sad hypocrites!

    Apr 08, 2011

    Many previous stars have appeared on Playboy - including Brooke! It should not be a problem! However having Chris "hothead" Brown on the show made me not watch that episode.

    Apr 08, 2011

    So having Chris Brown a convicted woman beater on the show was family friendly....

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