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Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater 'Made Peace' with Decision to Leave Dancing

It wasn’t the farewell Billy Dee Williams originally anticipated, but when the Star Wars icon bid adieu to Dancing with the Stars on Monday night because of injury, he held his head high.

“I had a great time,” the star, 77, told PEOPLE just after announcing his decision to depart. “I had a blast. I wish I could continue.”

Dancing with the Stars Double Elimination: Who Went Home?

Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a selection of surprises.

Not only did contestants learn right at the beginning that there was a double elimination to take place during the show, but the leader board’s lowest scorer Billy Dee Williams – whose face expressed fear of being sent home – was saved almost immediately, and went on to dance a 15-point tango with Emma Slater that judge Len Goodman said “didn’t have enough attack.”

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