Erin Andrews' decision to appear on Dancing With the Stars went far beyond the chance to learn the waltz. The reporter wanted to send a message.
“I wanted to be on a show where millions of people watch and say, ‘If you’re stalked or a victim of video voyeurism you shouldn’t be embarrassed.'"
"You should just live your life.’”
Last year's stunning Erin Andrews nude video scandal, which landed a peephole perv behind bars, was followed by death threats earlier this year.
She said she was “tentative” about appearing on the show, but “I’ve got a Russian on my side that isn’t going to let anyone come near me.”
Speaking of Maksim Chmerkovskiy ...
Erin and Maks remain coy on whether they're an item.
As for whether her relationship with her Dancing with the Stars heats up away from the ballroom floor, Erin joked, “Depends on what day you get us on.”
People magazine and Ellen DeGeneres be damned. As the pair continued on the PR circuit, E!'s Chelsea Handler was not about to beat around the bush.
"Why are you trying to act like you guys aren't penetrating?" she asked.
That got Maks to blush, and Erin to issue an even flimsier denial: "We just don't know what to say," she gushed, "because everyday we read something new."
So do we.
Handler is convinced, though: "You're glowing, you're beaming. You're in love!" she marveled at how the cocky Maks looked asked if Erin made him nicer.
As for the penetrating? Expect more non-denials and on-stage hotness!