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Karina Smirnoff may lose "DWTS" job for posing nude for Playboy

April 7, 2011 Ralph Macchio, Karina Smirnoff, Hugh Hefner

Los Angeles, CA, United States (AHN Entertainment) - "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancer Karina Smirnoff may be in danger of losing her job now that Playboy honcho Hugh Hefner has revealed she will be gracing the men's magazine's cover. The ABC show producers are apparently worried that her nude photos would soil the wholesome image of the family show.

Hef has just announced on Twitter that the new episode of Playboy will be "unforgettable," saying, "The May issue of Playboy is unforgettable with Dancing With The Stars' Karina Smirnoff on the cover & nude inside."

There's no confirmation yet from the 33-year-old Ukrainian American dancer's camp, but people backstage the show are already worried about her naked pictures.

A "DWTS" insider told Popeater, "If Karina posed naked, she can kiss her dancing days goodbye. I hope for Karina's sake that this isn't true."

The immediate response of the people at the alphabet network's show is that having one of their dancers pose naked during an ongoing season could "soil" their family-friendly image.

Another source said, "ABC publicity department control the image of this show with an iron fist. It's a cash cow and they are not going to allow its reputation to be soiled by a dancer who wants to do Playboy."

And by posing for the magazine without her bosses' approval, Karina may have already violated the terms of her contract.

Karina is currently partnered with original "Karate Kid" star Ralph Macchio on the season 12 of the show.

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