'Dancing With the Stars'' Ron Artest Reacts to Elimination
Ron Artest – aka Metta World Peace — isn't too upset about getting the boot from Dancing With the Stars Tuesday.
"It was fun," said World Peace, who appeared with his partner (and first-time pro) Peta Murgatroyd on Good Morning America Wednesday morning.
"Like I said last night, I had to thank ABC and Dancing With the Stars for having me. Thank Peta for teaching me how to dance. Being from New York, the Queens projects, I never knew how to. I enjoy ballroom dance, and Peta was teaching me how to do ballet too," World Peace told Robin Roberts.
So who do they think will win?
"I would think J.R. Martinez," said Murgatroyd. "He is an absolute standout. Nobody was expecting him to be that good and he was such a natural at it."
"I would say J.R. and Carson [Kressley]," said World Peace. "I thought I was the most entertaining, but Carson is amazing. I want to do a TV show with that guy."
World Peace says he has no regrets.
"I got a chance to learn how to dance. From New York, we just two step in the clubs. Peta got me really interested in dancing. I met a good friend… I had a great time. I'm a Ricki Lake groupie. I want to take Nancy Grace to the club in New York."
Roberts also asked Artest — who blamed his toes for getting eliminated — about changing his name to Metta World Peace.
"Well, Metta World Peace… a lot of thing are going on in the world, anywhere from Afghanistan to North Korea. I've got kids. I'm not Buddhist, but Metta, in Buddhist, means loving and kindness. I did Dancing With the Stars to raise money for cancer research. My daughter [Diamond] was four when she had cancer, a tumor on her kidney. My daughter's single comes out on the 27th. It's called, 'Fight.' It's for little kids going through the same struggle. You can buy it on iTunes."