'Dancing With the Stars' Cast Weigh in on Valerie Harper's Exit

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Valerie Harper said goodbye to 'Dancing With the Stars' last night.


After four brave weeks, Valerie Harper and her partner, Tristan MacManus, bid farewell to Dancing With the Stars.

During last night's episode, the actress was vocal about being unhappy with her performance from last week and was focused on improving. "I'm trying to carry on," she said during taped rehearsals. But during their Viennese Waltz, Valerie struggled with her steps and Tristan had to count and talk to her during their dance. They scored an 18 out of 30 and were eliminated from the show.

"I feel very happy that I was here for four dances with Tristan," she told Life & Style after the elimination "It's been great. My knees are killing me. Ice packs are looking pretty good."

Valerie was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. In March, the former star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 74, revealed the cancer cells spread to her brain and that her doctors had given her just three months to live. But six months later she was dancing away on the hit ABC competition series. Though the disease is incurable, doctors have been treating her with chemotherapy to slow its progress.

"I have been extremely lucky that I got through DWTS," she said, adding with a laugh, "I didn't die on the floor or less than that, fall. You know what I mean?!"

Life & Style spoke to the entire cast after the goodbye, and here's what they said about Valerie:

Cheryl Burke
"She's such an inspiration. She really holds her head up high and she means more to this show than anybody really because at the end of the day, it's not about the show. It's not about how great of a dancer you are. It's about how you overcome the challenges."

Corbin Bleu
"Valerie was such a grounded one for all of us. She really pulled everyone together."

Karina Smirnoff
"You could just feel the strength of a woman. It's something that you don't see quite often, especially on national television."

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
"She has more life than anybody else in this competition. She's always so positive. Nothing ever bothers her. She's an inspiration and to see her leave, there were tears and it definitely sucks because she's an awesome person."

Brant Daugherty
"She's just such an inspiration. I really love Valerie. The fact that she's out here dancing and doing all the things that we're out here doing...she's amazing."

Christina Milian
"She would have issues with her knee and you would see her and Tristan outside talking and stuff. He was keeping it really light with her. Amazing attitude. That's what got her here and got her through all of this."

Mark Ballas
"Tristan is the perfect partner for her. He's a gentleman. Valerie is so inspiring to anyone who is in her shoes, proving that you can go out and live and do things that you want to do."

Bill Engvall
"The greatest thing that I've taken away from being on this show is I've gotten to know Valerie as a person and there is not a selfish bone in that body. It's never about her. It's always about someone else. She is such a wonderful person and I hope to God that I can be half the person she is."

Elizabeth Berkley
"She comes in, she works hard. She's the most beautiful spirit. Being around her is life affirming. It's the best ay I can put it."

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