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'Dancing' with ad-libbing

November 5, 2007 |  8:54 pm

There are six dancers left on "Dancing With the Stars" and the energy is high at today's taping. You would never know strikers are outside picketing -- or that the show, which has a slate of writers, was left without its scribes.

While some shows came to a halt with Monday's strike, "DWTS" was left to ad-lib. The show may look like a reality show, but it's covered by the Writers Guild. As a result, the hosts were winging it at this afternoon's taping at CBS Television City -- it's live for East Coast audiences, broadcast later today for the West Coast.

Helio was up first with a tango that brought him a standing ovation. Backstage, Samantha Harris announced mock-angrily while staring into the TV cameras: "The reason Sabrina got voted off is because you didn't vote for her."

When the cameras came back to host Tom Bergeron, he added: "By the way, global warming, that's your fault too."

Who says this man needs writers?

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--Maria Elena Fernandez