Tony Dovolani puts on a good front.
You would never think, given the way he bucks her up and puts on that brave, smiling face in public that he's miserable with his Dancing with the Stars partner.
But he is.
Behind the scenes, the competitor "can't wait to get rid of Kate Gosselin, even if it means losing early," a show insider says, and it's hard to blame the guy.
Last week's clip of them bickering in rehearsal (Dovolani threatened to walk off after a Kate tirade) is "just the tip of the iceberg," multiple sources say.
"Not only is Kate THE worst dancer, but she's just nasty."
Beneath the smile lies a simmering rage.
According to one Dancing with the Stars insider, the "argumentative" monster mom snapped at her counterpart during a particularly frustrating practice at home.
"I'm the reason anyone knows your name," she said, "give me a break!"
Sounds absurd, but somehow we can picture it, can't you?
Kate Gosselin, hilariously, has even commanded that Dovolani enter through the basement door, rather than the front entrance, like hired help or some servant.
We can see that too. Bet she also did that to Jon Gosselin.
"She says it's quicker, but it's really just her way of showing him she's the boss," a Gosselin source says, adding that quite frankly, "They hate each other."
"Backstage, she will back him into a wall, and he won't listen or look at her. He doesn't want to be around her unless he has to," another source recounts.
We've said it before, and will say it again: Free Tony Dovolani!