David Arquette Turns ‘Dancing’ Exit Into Parenting Moment


David Arquette’s dreams of bringing home the Mirrorball Trophy glory were dashed Tuesday night when he became the latest celeb eliminated from “ Dancing With the Stars,” but his 7-year-old daughter, Coco, was the most devastated to see him go.

“My daughter had such a great time coming to the show,” he said today on “ Good Morning America.”

Coco, his daughter with ex-wife Courteney Cox, along with her mom and famous aunts, Rosanna Arquette and Patricia Arquette, had been a constant presence in the show’s audience to cheer him on.

“When I came home, she was like, ‘It’s just not fair. It’s not fair that you’re gone,’” he said. “It was an interesting parenting moment.”

“I just said, ‘Listen, sometimes in life things aren’t fair, but you have to go through it with dignity,’” he said.

Coco was one reason Arquette’s elimination in Week 7 of the hit ABC show came as such a surprise, and drew boos from the studio audience.

After a rocky start in the show’s 13th season, the “Scream” star and his professional partner, Kym Johnson, mounted a comeback, beginning with their dramatic Rumba in Week 3, a dance Arquette dedicated to Coco.

That week required each contestant to dance to a year that changed their life, and the 40-year-old star picked the most recent year that has seen him go through a separation from Cox and a stint in rehab.

Arquette told “GMA” today that the same self-revelations that helped see him through those difficulties, he found on the dance floor as well.

“There’s a lot in dancing, and life in general, about being graceful, being in touch with your center, standing upright and having a self-appreciation,” he said.  “I’m just happy in my life where I am right now and it was a great opportunity and a lot of fun.”

Despite the fun – Arquette was known for bringing his jokes, antics and even impressions to the ballroom – Johnson, a two-time show champion, said her partner was actually a quite serious dance student.

“David really threw himself into it,” she said on “GMA.”  “We had a lot of fun in rehearsals but he was also very serious about it.  He really took it seriously.”

With a score of 47 points after Monday night’s show, Arquette and Johnson seemed safe in fourth place among the show’s six remaining competitors but didn’t have the fan votes to put them above the other “in jeopardy” couple, legal analyst Nancy Grace and partner Tristan MacManus.

Instead, Grace and MacManus will be back next week to dance again, along with reality-TV star Rob Kardashian and partner Cheryl Burke; talk show host Ricki Lake and partner Derek Hough; actor J.R. Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff; soccer star Hope Solo and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Arquette followed the six celebrities voted off before him in predicting that Martinez, the military veteran turned soap star, will go all the way.

“That’s who I’m voting for,” Arquette revealed.  “He’s the greatest.  He’s really cool, and he’s an American hero.”