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He was far from the most elegant of dancers, but Jackass star Steve-O handled his departure from Dancing with the Stars with a grace that touched everyone in the ballroom.

“It’s so good to be the worst dancer and keep staying in,” Steve-O told PEOPLE following his elimination. “We lasted as long as Cloris Leachman over here.”

It was an apt reference: despite his poor performances, the stuntman had incredible staying power, much like season 7’s Dancing stalwart Leachman. “I don’t know, man, maybe some of those farts cost me some votes,” he added.

That self-deprecating humor won over plenty of ballroom fans, including Dancing judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “He’s the most kindest and uplifting and dedicated person. I just fell in love with the person behind the dancer,” she said, adding that she was sad to see him leave the competition.

And though he never mastered the waltz or the rumba, the dance he performed on Monday’s show, Steve-O says he’s grateful for the experience.

“I don’t have anything to be bummed out about,” he said. “Last night was the first time I can say that my performance on television was better than any of the rehearsals leading up to it.”

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