“DWTS” Dancer Karina Smirnoff To Be in Playboy

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 06: Karina Smirnoff arrives at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on November 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

    “Dancing With the Stars"’ Katrina Smirnoff is stepping off the dance floor and into the pages of Playboy.

    The professional dancer will pose nude in the magazine, People reported. The news was announced by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in his Tweet.

    “The May issue of Playboy is unforgettable with Dancing With The Stars' Karina Smirnoff on the cover & nude inside.”

    Answering to reports that the producers of the show were upset by Smirnoff’s appearance in the magazine, a source told People: "They did know ahead of time and they still gave her one of the best pairings."

    Smirnoff is paired with "Karate Kid" star Ralph Macchio in the show’s current season.

    Selected Sources: People, Twitter, Dancing with the Stars Web site