March 24, 2015 11:35 AM

Their chemistry almost made Carrie Ann Inaba nauseous!

The Dancing with the Stars judge was kidding, of course – but there was no denying the connection between Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson during their foxtrot Monday.

In the wake of speculation that the Shark Tank star had taken his partnership with Johnson to a new level, PEOPLE asked the duo to talk about how well they work together and whether their off-screen canoodling was just for the cameras.

“I don’t do anything for publicity,” Herjavec said. “From the moment I met her, I love hanging out with her. We are having a great time.”

Herjavec joined the show after hitting rock bottom (and even contemplating suicide) after separating from his wife of 24 years.

Since then he’s been spending eight hours a day practicing with the eligible Johnson.

At a March 16 afterparty for the show’s season premiere at Hyde Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles, the DWTS duo were spotted “canoodling,” according to an onlooker.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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