Mr. T says he wasn’t 'booted' from 'Dancing' ballroom but rather 'gradually eased off'

"We walked off with grace and style."

“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.