Although Kendra Wilkinson was all smiles on the "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom floor last season -- and made it through seven weeks of competition -- behind the scenes there were more quick tempers than quick steps.
“I had never watched the show before I was on it,” Wilkinson tells me backstage at "New York Live." “I thought it would be fun and [I would] have a good time and it was a real competition. It was a lot of stress and I clashed constantly with [dancing partner Louis Van Amstel]."
But a little rehearsal bickering wasn't what really razzed the former "Girl Next Door."
“We clashed constantly. He called me dyslexic. He asked if I was learning disabled,” Wilkinson writes in her new book Being Kendra. She also writes, “Part of me thought this is what selling out looks like.”
Wilkinson went on to explain that Van Amstel wanted so much to win that he took his job of turning her into a professional dancer too seriously. However, another of his ex celebrity partners, Lisa Rinna, isn’t going to let Wilkinson trash talk the man she also danced with -- she insists Van Amstel is a great guy.
“He is a love bug,” Rinna tells me. “He pushed me and made me into a dancer. We are like brother and sister -- we can fight like cats and dogs but we love each other to death. I adore him. I would do anything for him.”
Including defending him from Kendra.
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