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"Sopranos" Co-Star Defends Big Pussy's "Dancing" Dump

3/10/2007 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Imperioli is coming to the defense of Vincent Pastore's decision to drop out of the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars," saying it takes "integrity" to make that call. What a wise guy, eh?
Michael Imperioli, Vicent Pastore
"He could have just chosen to stay on just for the sake of being on TV," Imperioli said during in an interview for Associated Press Radio. "Maybe if me and Vinny did it together we could have a shot, but I don't know if America wants to see that." You are correct, sir!

Michael Imperioli went on to tell the AP that, ironically enough, the only place he never gets recognized is Italy: "They don't understand the concept of a mobster being in therapy. To them that kind of makes no sense." You'd think after six seasons they'd have figured it out by now.

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