The 32 year-old Texan tried to choke back his tears as he gave his farewell speech. “I can’t put into words how much I’ve enjoyed this,” he said through tears. “I didn’t imagine how hard it would be to say goodbye.”
“I was so honored to be here. I enjoyed every second of this,” continued Jake. “Thank you for keeping me here for six episodes. I can’t even put it into words how much I enjoyed this.” And despite the reports of a rift between Jake and his partner, Chelsie Hightower, he thanked her last night and called her “one of my best friends,” in what he believed to be “the best season of Dancing With the Stars I’ve ever seen.”
It however seems the best part of the show came once the cameras were turned off. According to UsWeekly, Jake and his fiance Vienna Girardi, who was shown last night looking rather sad at her man’s elimination, reportedly really took things to heart.
The two reportedly looked absolutely miserable, depressed and inconsolable as they hugged and chatted when the cameras went off. Deena Katz, the head producer/casting director of the show, had to walk over to comfort Jake. Jake then took to his twitter after the show and posted the following, “Well guys, I did everything I could, layed it all out there on the dance floor. I’m pretty bumbed… “
And despite calling his partner Chelsie his best friend last night, the two immediately parted ways after cameras stopped rolling. Chelsie however reportedly got a “long” hug and “sweet kiss on the cheek” from her new beau Mark Ballas.
In other DWTS news, Kate Gosselin’s departure didn’t put a damper on the ratings as expected. Monday’s night’s show still averaged over 20 million viewers, meaning Kate’s reported impact in the ratings boost this season was well overestimated.
Six couples remain on the show with just four weeks of dancing left. The season finale is set to air May 25th.