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People Staff
May 07, 2009 12:00 AM

Two days after Lil’ Kim‘s elimination, Dancing with the Stars fans are still crying foul that the rapper was ousted from the competition while rodeo star Ty Murray will advance to the semi-finals next week.

The hubbub hasn’t gone unnoticed, the 39-year-old Murray says Thursday morning on his MySpace blog.

He wrote: “I just want to be sure and remind everybody not to get suckered into all the trash talk on the Internet. Let’s not worry about it and, instead, we’ll just let it roll off of our backs.”

Even Dancing judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who was at the Mother’s Day Luncheon in Beverly Hills Wednesday afternoon to receive the 2009 Achievement award from the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer, took a moment to quell the rumblings. “In the past 24 hours I’ve literally been attacked by asking me, ‘What happened with Lil’ Kim? Why is Ty Murray still in the competition?’” Inaba said. “It’s simple. Ty Murray embodies what the show is all about. He is the most improved dancer this season. Is he the best dancer? No. But he stepped so far out of his element to do this and that’s why he’s still on the show.”

Murray, for one, appreciates the support and promises fans he and partner Chelsie Hightower will “keep doing the best we can and not worry about what others are saying.”

He goes on to add: “I really do appreciate the fact that you guys handle things first class.” –Monica Rizzo

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