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Karina Smirnoff's 'Playboy' Cover Could Threaten Her 'Dancing With the Stars' Gig, Report Says

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Apr. 7 2011, Published 9:09 a.m. ET

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Karina Smirnoff has been announced as the May cover girl of Playboy. The sizzling hot Dancing With the Stars pro also has a nude spread inside the magazine and even mogul Hugh Hefner calls Karina's work "unforgettable."

Hugh took to his Twitter yesterday to share news of his May cover girl.

But how will this affect her Dancing With the Stars gig? It may be a huge problem.

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"If Karina posed naked, she can kiss her dancing days goodbye," a DWTS insider told PopEater's Rob Shuter after Hef's announcement on Twitter. "I hope for Karina's sake that this isn't true."

"ABC publicity department control the image of this show with an iron fist. It's a cash cow and they are not going to allow its reputation to be soiled by a dancer who wants to do Playboy," an ABC source added.

Karina and her partner Ralph Macchio are doing well this season, and he is considered a frontrunner of the competition. Let's hope her nude pics don't affect his chance at the mirror ball trophy.

Watch their Rumba from this week below. Do you think Karina should be allowed to pose for the mag? Will it affect her DWTS gig? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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