Pamela Anderson’s Dancing With the Stars elimination on Tuesday did not sit well with her costars. Following the live results show, Anderson received warm embraces from all of the professional and celebrity dancers, who praised her for being such a wonderful contestant and friend.
“It was such a great experience,” Anderson told PEOPLE of her run on the show. “It was really fun. Everyone is very supportive of each other and it’s real, genuine. I wish everyone the best.”
“The more I’ve gotten to know her, the more impressed I am,” Evan Lysacek told PEOPLE after the show. “She’s extremely classy, one of the most honest, genuine I’ve ever known. I love being around her. My friendship is one of the best things I’ll take from this experience. It’s not going to be the same without her.”
While she’ll shift her energy to learning how to surf, Anderson vows that she “will be watching from home and I won’t have to stress out!”
Each week viewers saw Anderson embody the personas of iconic figures like Marilyn Monroe and Dolly Parton.
“I was looking forward to next week,” Anderson confessed. “I was going to do a Farrah Fawcett samba. I had it all figured out. Darn it! I might have to do that somewhere else.”
Anderson’s pro partner, Damian Whitewood, told PEOPLE he was happy his first season on the show was with Anderson.
“She has a natural gift to perform and that was a huge benefit for me to work with,” Whitewood says. “I’m bummed that we’re out. Once we were got here it was like we were part of a family. We all got very close, helping each other and encouraging each other. It’s been all positive.”
Admittedly “disappointed” with the elimination, Anderson confessed that she’s going to have to go into support mode for her two biggest fans — her mother and her Aunt Vie.
“They will be proud, but no more block parties for my Auntie Vie,” Anderson joked. “She won’t know what to do.”
Neither will the cast she leaving behind.
“She’s such a kind woman. I loved her presence,” Cheryl Burke said. “She will be missed.” –Monica RizzoAdam Larkely/ABC