Kendra “freaked out” dancing in smoke cloud she didn’t want

Besides Maksim and Kirstie’s fall, there was another mishap on Dancing with the Stars, and it involved Kendra Wilkinson and the show’s incredible special effects–specifically, the smoke machine. She “freaked out” when she almost fell down stairs that were engulfed in a cloud of smoke that she didn’t want but producers forced her to use.

“The smoke was overwhelming. We didn’t practice that … I didn’t know where the steps were. I couldn’t see one step in front of me,” Kendra told People.

She told E! News that she was basically forced to use it: “I was fighting not to have it. I was asking people, ‘Please, I don’t want to use this smoke machine.’ And they go, ‘Don’t worry. We promise it will look good.’ But I made sure everyone knew that I didn’t want it. But what happened was exactly what I thought was going to happen. I didn’t know where I was. I freaked out. I actually had a full dance routine in that smoke, but I actually had to stop the dance in the middle of the stage to find my way out of that smoke.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.