Since battling recent abuse allegations from his ex-girlfriend, actor Jaleel White is the talk of “Dancing With the Stars” after reportedly throwing a huge tantrum during rehearsal, according to Us Weekly.
White, best known for his character Steve Urkel on “Family Matters,” found himself in a “heated” confrontation with his partner Kym Johnson on Friday, and ended up banned from rehearsal for the rest of the day.
The 35-year-old allegedly “flipped out,” after he accidentally stepped on Johnson’s foot. When she said “ouch,” one insider says, White “got in her face,” and yelled at her for “acting like a baby . . . He was shouting at her, calling her an ‘idiot.’”
Johnson immediately left the studio crying, while fellow “Dancing” competitor Donald Driver and show producers attempted to calm White down. Whit then “started going off on the producers and shouting about how they put him with a ‘stupid’ partner.”
Professional dancer Mark Ballas then attemped to confront White, but White lashed out with, “‘You remind me of that annoying sitcom neighbor who gets into everyone’s business!’”
Producers acted by banishing White from the studio for the rest of the day. “Now he says he refuses to go back to the rehearsal studio again, that he wants his own rehearsal space elsewhere,” the source continues. “It was a huge fiasco that went down. A total mess.”
During Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars”, White broke down in tears when competitors were asked about the most defining moment in their lives.
“Playing Stefan Urquelle was life-changing for me,” White said to the cameras, referring to Steve Urkel’s smooth, ultra-confident alter-ego on “Family Matters.” “It introduced a new side to me. After I played that character, people started treating me differently. When I played Stefan Urquelle, I showed people there was more to me to offer.”
After scoring praise from the judges for his performance, White outwardly displayed a flood of emotion. “I love entertaining people,” he said through sobs. “And I have been since I was three. I just wanted to complete this week.”
The tension between White and Johnson appeared to be in the past by the time they were set to dance. “Kim has been strong for me all week,” he said through tears as Johnson patted him on the back.