Ukrainian professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, who is currently dancing with actor Ralph Macchio on this season of Dancing with the Stars could be losing her spot, as she is appearing on next month's cover of Playboy.

Hugh Hefner made the announcement on Wednesday that Smirnoff would be gracing the May issue cover, and would also be featured nude inside the magazine. This has caused a huge problem with the star's appearance on DWTS, as the wholesome reality sitcom is a family show, and this gives it a bad name.

The producers "behind the scenes" at DWTS are enraged and plan to eliminate her from the show:

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

Smirnoff's representative has yet to confirm her nude presence in next month's issue, but it seems as though it's a sure deal. Mr. Hefner commented on it, so it has to be true.

While producers of the show would want to disqualify Smirnoff, the rest of America would most likely put up a front, as she and partner Macchio are quite popular this season. So when the issue does hit newsstands everywhere, Smirnoff will be dancing on hot water until her fate is decided.

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 tells PopEater.

Aside from getting into trouble with family-TV fans and the network, I'm told that Karina may have violated the terms of her contract by posing for the venerable lad mag without getting her bosses to sign off on it.

Do you think Smirnoff should be kicked off this season of DWTS? Why or why not?