March 20, 2009 12:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Apple Co-founder and Dancing With The Stars contestant, Steve Wozniak apologized on Tuesday night after the results show, for accusing ABC of rigging the voting. Steve Woznaik had written what he suspected in a post to his Facebook page after Monday night’s program.
“The producers play games to get viewers and don’t disclose the numbers,” Steve Wozniak wrote. The Facebook post has since been deleted but was quoted by CNET. “If they disclosed the numbers, it would be less of a game, but still suspect. If tomorrow, they claim I’m in the bottom 2 dance teams, including viewer votes, I believe that it’s an outright lie.”
Steve Wozniak claimed that the producers of Dancing With The Starswanted him in the bottom two to boost ratings. “I’m sure they want me in this dance-off to get higher Tuesday ratings, and they have preplanned it so that I win,” he wrote in the post. “If my leg acts up tomorrow, they will either have to announce another pair as being the lowest or send me home, and I don’t think they will give me up.”
Steve Wozniak and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff did end up in the bottom two on Tuesday night’s live results show along with Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle and her partner Jonathan Roberts. Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts were the first to go home after the dance off between the two couples.
Before the Dancing With The Starsresults show aired on Tuesday evening, Steve Wozniak had retracted his earlier accusations and a friend, Joe Patane had posted an apologetic message on Facebook for him.
“I have been around the Internet conspiracy theory forums for too long,” the message said. “Yesterday I wrote my suspicions of the secret Dancing With The Stars audience vote tabulations. I wrote that the producers were liars, simply because I truly believed in that possibility, not because I had a shred of evidence. I hurt a lot of honest people.”
The apology had come after the producers had walked Steve Wozniak through the process of how votes are tabulated, showed him the equipment and described what antifraud measure are taken to guarantee the legitimacy voting. Steve Wozniak wrote,”Conrad [Green] and the other producers are not liars. They are extremely honest people in my mind.” Wozniak said.
“I feel like a heel who stuck his shoe in his mouth, no puns intended,” he added. “My last hope is that you can see inside of me and know that I am telling the truth from the bottom of my heart, and forgive the loudmouth emotional notes I wrote earlier.”
Steve Wozniak is a smart, smart man, but his social skills are lacking and this comment was not the first and will likely not be his lastabout Dancing With The Stars. Last week after being critiqued by the judges for his first dance, he said the judges were “not in tune with what the public likes” and downplayed their importance.
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