“We didn’t get booted off. We gradually eased off,” he said on “GMA.” “Ain’t nobody going to boot Mr. T off. As a competitor, we left it on the dance floor like we’re supposed to. We walked off with grace and style.”
An audience favorite, the crowd booed when it was announced Mr. T was in jeopardy and then gave him a standing ovation, which was quite an accomplishment for a contestant who said he couldn’t dance.
“I can’t dance, but I was dancing to give my share of the purse to St. Jude and Shriners Hospitals,” he said. “And of course, the fact that I couldn’t dance — I said I was willing to try. That’s what I want people to do — try, don’t quit.”
Herjavec said Mr. T definitely has a “soft side” that she tried to bring it out in their performances.
“Mr. T says the T stands for ‘tough’ and ‘tender,’” she said. “He does have that tender side. He’s like a teddy bear.”
He said that deep down he’s nothing but a mama’s boy.
“I’m nothing but a big, overgrown, tough, butt-kicking, God-loving mama’s boy,” Mr. T said with a laugh. “That’s what I am. I’m a mama’s boy.”
"Dancing With the Stars" returns next Monday on ABC.