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"Dancing's" Evans: "I'm In Shock"

10/18/2006 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Country star Sara Evans explained her departure from the "Dancing With The Stars" on last night's show, and said that ever since she learned of salacious allegations against her husband last week that prompted her to file for divorce, "I've just been in shock."

Evans, 35, told "Dancing" co-host Tom Bergeron that she found out about her husband Craig Schelske's alleged behavior -- including adultery and habitual pornography consumption -- just hours before performing on the October 11 show. (Schelske has denied all the allegations.) Evans added that she simply couldn't continue on the hit show, because she wanted to be with her children, which would prove difficult given the show's schedule.

Schelske, 43, in a statement issued yesterday, said, "I cannot explain why Sara is waging a false media campaign, but I intend to defend myself in court and protect my children as best I can." The couple have been married 13 years and have three children.

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CoCo    

I WONDER HOW SHE OBTAINED THESE PICTURES AND HOW THE WHOLE SITUATION WENT DOWN. IMAGINE IF SHE'S MAKING UP THIS BS TO RUN AWAY WITH HER DANCING PARTNER! THAT WILL BE SOME REALLY GOOD SH*T. ANYTHING IS VIRTUALLY POSSIBLE!

2894 days ago
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T    

We thought it was really tacky how ABC made Sara do that interview.

2894 days ago
18.

Diamond    

Sara is just trying to get sales for her upcoming tour. Sara even said that her dance partner will be choreographing her concert. Sara if you want privacy then you need to stop exposing your private life to the public.

2894 days ago
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Maryee    

I think Sara Evans is a drama queen... She knew Tuesday before she even danced what was going on and she waited until after the result show which they sent Willa home when she can out dance Sara and Jerry, to announce she was quitting the show... It was wrong for her fans to keep her in and send someone else with more dancing talent home... The right thing would of been to tell the producers of her decision wednesday before the result show... She knew she was going home next anyway so it wasn't that big of a deal her deciding to quit Dancing With the Stars... Atleast she is gone now and good riddens... She might be able to sing but she sure can't dance and that is what the show is about...

2894 days ago
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lian    

Sara's husband probaly has sexual addiction, he has all the signs.All sexual addicts risk everything and hurt the people they love.They use sex to escape pain and their problems.He needs to read OUT OF THE SHAWDOWS, and get into sexual addiction recovery.Sara should also get knowledge in sexual addiction,she could possibly save her marriage,no normal man would risk a beautiful family, unless he has a problem.People need to talk about this.You cant get call him a pervert or sex crazy,clearly he has a problem.

2894 days ago
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Cntry DJ    

First off, being in the public eye she needed to address the problem directly, because as soon as she filed for divorce it became public record. Had she not come forward, Im sure she would have been villified for that as well. Had she had a choice, Im sure she would have prefered to keep it perosnal.

Secondly, she was awarded temp custody of the kids and possesion of their Nashville home, so theres something to say for that as well.

Third... whats her hubby gonna really do.. Admit it all? Come on.. Gimme a break.. Of course he'll deny it, like everyone does that gets caught. Eventually he'll admit he has has a problem and will seek help.. blah blah blah..

In closing, Dancing With the Stars is a PERK for her career, not her career. Whoever mentioned she did this for publicity for a tour... gimme a break! Most people watching had no idea who she was, Sara is a B list country star.. a few hits, but far from a household name...

2894 days ago
22.

Paula    

Why do people assume they know what's going on in someone elses home or what should be in divorce papers. I'm pretty sure Sara has a HIGH priced attorney telling her exactly what to do and as far as being on the show she more than likely had to do that as some part of her contract! The Exposure aspect some folks are talking about is just too funny, the woman is a STAR and doesn't need this to get people to buy tickets or her music. Only she and her husband really know what's going on and WE all know that when you're a star it's all a big to do no matter if it's drunk driving or divorce!

2894 days ago
23.

cares less about heather    

She sooo needs to SHUT UP about what her hubby SUPPOSEDLY does. Studies show that 70% of abusive or sexual infidelity allegations are untrue and unwarranted. If she so bacly hates the guy, then get a nice quiet divorce and don't hurt the kids in the process. Keeping children away from a parent hurts the kids the most, not the morons who are doing the fighting in the 1st place. The courts are usually female biased to begin with.................... why give uncorroborated bs stories unless you have 110% proof of this. SHOW US THE PROOF instead of promoting your upcoming tour. Tours are great on kids yanno.

2894 days ago
24.

HELEN    

IT WASNT JUST REGULAR PORN..IT WAS A HOMEMADE VIDEO OF HIM HAVING GROUP SEX WITH MULTIPLE WOMEN. THE COUPLE'S SON WHO IS LIKE 6 OR 7 WALK ED IN ON THE DAD WHILE HE WAS WATCHING THIS TRASHY VIDEO ON A BIG SCREEN TV NO LESS. THE DAD DID NOT TURN IT OFF HE JUST TOLD THE SON TO GO AWAY. WHEN SARA GOT HOME HER SON TOLD HER THAT "DADDY WAS WAS WATCHING A VIDEO OF HIM AND NAKED GIRLS ON IT"

IM IN NASHVILLE AND THIS IS WHAT WAS REPORTED ON A RADIO TALK SHOW THAT WE HAVE HERE THAT ALSO IS VERY CREDIBLE.

2894 days ago
25.

realitydose    

Is this the marriage that is being protected by all those "Protect Marriage" initiatives?? Jeez.

2894 days ago
26.

HELEN    

and by the way when her hubby got word that sara was divorcing him, he withdrew over 200,000 from their account.

2894 days ago
27.

brandon    

Sara is a beautiful and talented lady and doesn't need to be dealing with an abusive marriage, especially when there are kids involved. If the pictures of her husband and incidents involving pornography are true, she does need some hometime with the kids to protect them from harsh attacks by the media and all that goes with defending herself against allegations and counterattacks that are sure to come from her soon to be ex husband.

2894 days ago
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fan of sara    

Sara had every reason to leave the show. If I were her, I would want to stand by my children also. Sara - I commend you for leaving the show and showing people what really matters - your children and not some show. (And yes, I do watch Dancing with the Stars) And Sara - best of luck to you, I can't wait for new music from you!

2894 days ago
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Kathy    

I believe the reason for "exposing all of her personal problems" is to keep down the rumor mill. I'm sure you are aware that people in the public I live in glass houses. She probably decided to go public since it was going to be out there anyway. I think she made the right decision in leaving the show and as far as her upcoming tour she should wait and see if things have settled down by then. I do not believe in divorce either, but if my husband was doing the things hers was, I would do exactly what she has done.

2894 days ago
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Demosthenes    

I think that the husband should be divoricng the girl. What is that woman doing outside of her right place in the kitchen? She deserves to be dropped like a bad egg, for SHE is the one who is the bad influence on her kids, not the husband. Publicity or no, a woman cannot survive properly without a man to provide for her; she will get hooked up again.

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