Ralph Macchio: I Wasn’t Surprised by Dancing Elimination

Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio

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updated 05/18/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 05/18/2011 AT 10:40 AM ET

It was a sad farewell for Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff, who were just shy of making it to the final round of Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday night.

But their elimination wasn’t exactly a shocker.

“We feel like the comments from the judges last night put us in a pretty tough position – even for our fan base – to pull out of it,” Macchio, 49, told PEOPLE backstage following news of his dismissal.


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