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Metta World Peace Contrite in 'Dancing with the Stars' Elimination

Ron+Artest in Ron Artest Leaves Dance Rehearsal
Ron Artest shows off a few dance moves as he leaves rehearsal for 'Dancing with the Stars.' Afterward, Kristin Cavallari is escorted out to her car by her dance partner, Mark Ballas. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »Metta World Peace (yes that's really Ron Artest's legal name now) was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, becoming the first contestant cut from the show's 13th season on ABC. Upon exiting the show, World Peace admitted that maybe he didn't take the whole thing seriously enough.

Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest. (Pacific Coast News)
“We had the lowest scores, you know. Nothing’s rigged,” he told Access Hollywood . “I didn’t really put in enough time and effort to go on to the next day.”

Monday night judges gave World Peace's cha-cha-cha the lowest score with 14 points out of 30. Italian model and former Clooney girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis barely edged out the baller with a 15. Chynna Phillips and J.R. Martinez tied for the highest score, 22. World Peace had kind words for his fellow competitors, especially Chaz Bono and Carson Kressley.

"I was happy to see Chaz – Chaz did pretty good. He didn’t mess up. And then Nancy did awesome, but Carson – he’s the total package,” World Peace said. “He’s amazing."

So what was World Peace's problem? Maybe he just couldn't focus.

“I’m a clown," he said. "I think I was maybe having too much fun. But, you know, somebody had to go early and first. Somebody had to go. But I had a blast. The cast is great, all the dancers. I met new people, new personalities. I got a chance to experience a new thing.”

Metta World Peace: 14 (Cha-Cha-Cha)
Rob Kardashian: 16 (Viennese Waltz)
Kristin Cavallari: 19 (Cha-Cha-Cha)
Chynna Phillips: 22 (Viennese Waltz)
Nancy Grace: 16 (Cha-Cha-Cha)
David Arquette: 18 (Viennese Waltz)
Elisabetta Canalis: 15 (Cha-Cha-Cha)
Hope Solo: 21 (Viennese Waltz)
Carson Kressley: 17 (Cha-Cha-Cha)
J.R. Martinez: 22 (Viennese Waltz)
Ricki Lake: 20 (Viennese Waltz)

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