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Kate Gosselin is gone from Dancing With the Stars, but she’s still taking her hits.

Her DWTS co-star Niecy Nash took a playful shot at the reality mom after tonight’s taping of the hit ABC show.

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This week, Reno 911, Clean House, and The Insider star Niecy had to rehearse her routine for a few hours with Tony Dovolani when her pro partner Louis Van Amstel came down with food poisoning from eating bad sushi.

Tony was free to do the emergency teaching because he and Kate had been voted off the show two weeks ago.

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“I told him welcome to it — you’re going to have a partner who smiles, who laughs, and who admits she’s happy to be away from her children,” mom-of-three Niecy told reporters after the show. “Get ready! We’re going to have a good time!

“[Tony] just laughed,” Niecy said. “It’s all in fun! I said, ‘No offense, Kate!’ He just started cracking up and said, ‘Well, let’s dance!’”

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Of course, hilarious comedian Niecy was poking fun at the rumors that Kate was difficult to work with on DWTS (which Kate and Tony both always staunchly denied to OK!).

As far as Niecy and Tony are concerned, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship but Louis is still her main man — he fully recovered from his food poisoning and they performed their best dance ever on Monday night.

By Carole Glines

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