Sean Avery Blames Producer for “Dancing with the Stars” Ouster

Sean Avery worked hard for his reputation as the resident “Bad Ass of the NHL.” So if you thought the former hockey star was going to quietly exit stage right after being booted from the Dancing with the Stars cast after just one ill-fated tango, you don’t puck.

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Never too shy to voice his displeasure, Sean, his permanent scowl and fleet-footed pro Karina Smirnoff dropped by Good Morning America Tuesday morning with a bombshell that the athlete claims led to his short-lived life in the ballroom. See, according to Sean, his departure had nothing to do with his dancing and everything to do with a conflict between him and a yet-to-be named Dancing With the Stars producer:

“I think we knew as of Monday last week our fate was sealed. I had a conversation with Conrad Green, one of the producers. I was upset at the package they had run the week before. It was a very tacky attempt to show me as the bad boy of Dancing with the Stars. I think in reality TV or any competition, if you have a disagreement with the producers, that seals your fate quite early.”

Reps for the network have yet to comment on Sean’s accusation.