Sean Avery, the former NHL player, was booted from Dancing with the Stars on the first night of eliminations due to his rocky relationship with producers – according to the athlete.

Sean Avery On 'DWTS'

Avery, who was partnered with pro Karina Smirnoff for the 18th season of the celebrity dancing competition, found out Monday night that he would not have another chance to dance for America’s votes. While Avery wasn’t the night’s best dancer, he certainly wasn’t in the bottom two. He suspects that producers may have set him up for an early elimination.

On Tuesday, Avery told his Twitter followers that he’d share his suspicions about his elimination on Good Morning America.

Sitting next to an uncomfortable Smirnoff, Avery commented on their mutual realization following the season premiere that they wouldn’t get enough votes to remain in the competition. It was clear to Avery that the package they’d put together of them gave him the villain edit.

"I think we knew as of probably Monday last week that our fate was sealed," Avery said on GMA. "I had a conversation with Conrad, one of the producers, and I was upset at the package that they had brought in the week previous, and it was a very tacky attempt to show me as the bad boy of 'DWTS.' And I think in reality TV or some sort of competition, if you have a disagreement with the producers then generally that seals your fate quite early."

"[Karina and I] had a fantastic time. I have a friend for life," he added. "I did the show for an amazing charity called Friends In Deed which is based in New York, so I mean it was a win-win for me."

Following his interview, Avery received some backlash for being a sore loser. Not one to take anything lying down, he took to Twitter to slam all the “non-competitive” commenters.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8/7c on ABC, where one more couple will be eliminated.

– Chelsea Regan

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