Actress Mischa Barton has thanked fans for their support following her elimination from U.S. reality show Dancing with the Stars.
The former O.C. star signed up for the dancing show after being largely out of the spotlight for years after her exit from the teen drama in 2006, following which she became more famous for her personal life due to a 2007 DUI arrest, a stint in rehab, and a emotional breakdown in 2009.
However, Mischa failed to win over the judges with her awkward and uncomfortable dances with partner Artem Chigvintsev, and despite improving and reaching her show-best score of 18 out of 30 points she became the second celebrity to be booted off the show on Monday night (04Apr16).
"Had a wonderful learning experience & met so many great people thank you to everyone who showed me love & support," she wrote to fans on Twitter after the show.
Talk show host Geraldo Rivera, who was axed from the competition the week before, wished her well on Twitter, writing, "safe travels dear lady. I wish you the best. You have earned respect and love. Stay strong& happy."
"Thank you @GeraldoRivera for your sweet words. Happy to have met you on @DancingABC," she replied.
The 30-year-old said on air it had been a "wonderful experience" but told ETOnline.com backstage she wished she could have had the opportunity to try more dances, which were much harder than she expected.
"It was definitely, maybe more than I had bargained for in a lot of ways," she explained. "But I'm so happy I tried something that's that foreign to me, and you know, had this experience with these guys."
In a pre-taped segment in the show, Mischa said she left The O.C. because she was not enjoying it anymore and relocated to England to give herself some space.
"It was the year 2008 when The O.C. was at its prime and I just felt like I was in a machine and I couldn't really get off," she shared. "So it was time to step back, so I went back to England and it was just a year of real self-exploration."
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