"I needed it at that time in my life," Anderson told Fancast Sunday at Comedy Central's Roast of David Hasselhoff in Hollywood, where she roasted her former costar. Anderson was roasted by the comedy cable network herself in 2005.
"It was a great experience. It was so much fun … It was nice to have a challenge. I learned something," Anderson says of 'DWTS.' "I loved [my dance partner] Damian [Whitewood] and met some really great friends. It was a real challenge to do something interesting, fun, and cool, within kind of a cheesy environment."
For longtime working mom Anderson, her sons, Brandon, 13, and Dylan, 12, were old enough during the show to not require her full supervision — busy by day at school, while Pam had dance rehearsal.
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She previously appeared in a one-season E! reality show, ‘Pam: Girl on the Loose,’ in late summer 2008.
Asked if she still dances now that the show is over, Anderson, who was eliminated sixth from the show between Jake Pavelka and Niecy Nash, says, "I dance all the time. Now, I dance in public. Now, I dance with the doors open to my bedroom."
Anderson had a central seat onstage at Hasselhoff’s Comedy Central roast, which premieres Aug. 15, and did a few minutes of Hasselhoff material, much of it around ‘Baywatch.’
"During 'Baywatch,' people asked me if David and I were going to have sex," she joked onstage. "The truth is, I only screwed David once: when I turned down 'Baywatch Nights.'"
As a roast veteran, Anderson said on the red carpet that Hasselhoff needs to think of himself as a celebrity persona more than as an individual during the show: "[David] is a caricature of himself. That's what I felt [like] too, a caricature. You don't take it really personally."
During the show, Anderson called fellow roaster Hulk Hogan “a dumb blonde with huge t***,” while zinging Hasselhoff, “When they roasted me, I was relevant.”