Jaleel White Fights Back on Dancing with the Stars: "I"m Not a Quitter"

Jaleel White got his mojo from Motown.

Battered by the tabloids and nearly bounced by bad scores, the actor sent a resounding message this week on Dancing with the Stars.

“The message I have is, I”m not a quitter,” he tells us. “And I wasn”t going to let down my partner. Nobody wants to go home, but if I am going to get sent packing, I”m not going to get sent packing doing my worst.”

On Monday”s Motown-themed show, White and pro partner Kym Johnson went from last place to a tie for first with 29 points – including a pair of perfect 10s – for their snappy cha cha to “Ain”t Too Proud to Beg.” (Tuesday night will bring another couple”s elimination.)

So, how did he accomplish such a leap

“We were a lot more carefree, I know that,” White says.

“We worked really hard with this cha cha, we had fun with it,” interjects Johnson. “But I think we went into with, “Let”s just go there and have fun.” “

“Even though we went into it like that, we were still able to make some technical advances,” adds White. “People learn at different rates and I think this week, I definitely learned some different moves.”

White says Johnson may not be showing it, but she is beaming ear to ear with Monday”s accomplishment. “[Judge] Carrie Ann says we brought our A Game. That means a lot.”

He concludes, “I”m a dad now. [When] you”re a dad, you have no choice but to stand up.”