Tonya Harding graciously accepts 'DWTS' defeat: 'They deserved it' (Exclusive)

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Tonya Harding has nothing but respect for this season's Dancing With the Stars Mirrorball trophy winners.

After a hard-fought season alongside her pro partner Sasha Farber, Harding gave it her all in the finals, but came up short against the season's champs, Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson. However, the former figure skater said that the pair were "absolutely" the right people to win.

"They brought it home every week," Harding told ET's Cameron Mathison after the show. Adam is wonderful and his partner, I mean, they deserved it."

For their final dances of the night, Harding and Farber showed off their skills with a sweet Viennese Waltz set to "The Time of My Life" by David Cook, which earned them a score of 26 out of 30.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14: Tonya Harding attends ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars: Athletes' Season 26 semifinal show on May 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2602' - The eight remaining athletes have amped up their training sessions as they prepare to head into week two with a double-header dance bill, on 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, MAY 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2602' - The eight remaining athletes have amped up their training sessions as they prepare to head into week two with a double-header dance bill, on 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, MAY 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2602' - The eight remaining athletes have amped up their training sessions as they prepare to head into week two with a double-header dance bill, on 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, MAY 7 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, TONYA HARDING
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Tonya Harding attends ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars: Athletes' Season 26 show on May 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, TONYA HARDING, MCKENNA GRACE, ALLISON JANNEY
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Tonya Harding (R) and Sasha Farber attend ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars: Athletes' Season 26 show on April 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - 'Episode 2601' - Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, TONYA HARDING
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They followed that up with a Freestyle routine, set to The Pussycat Dolls' "I Will Survive," which earned them their first perfect score of the season.

As for whether or not there was anything they would have done differently, Farber proudly said, "Absolutely nothing."

ET previously caught up with Harding on Sunday during rehearsals, and she said that making to the finals has been a victory all in itself.

"I had no idea that I had it in me to get this far," Harding admitted. "It's because of America. Standing up, standing for us, standing for me. It's truly an amazing journey and I just thank everybody who is voting for us."

For Harding, her time on DWTS has been all about redemption, getting a second chance, and showing people a side of herself they've never seen before -- all goals she feels she's achieved.

"I can hold my head up high. I don't have [to feel] like someone's gonna come around the corner and say something to me that's negative," Harding shared. "I know there will always be those people, but that's OK."

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DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TONYA HARDING
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) ADAM RIPPON, JENNA JOHNSON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) ADAM RIPPON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) WITNEY CARSON, CHRIS MAZDZER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) CHRIS MAZDZER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JENNIE FINCH DAIGLE, KEO MOTSEPE
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) JENNIE FINCH DAIGLE
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JAMIE ANDERSON, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JAMIE ANDERSON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) WITNEY CARSON, CHRIS MAZDZER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) MIRAI NAGASU, ALAN BERSTEN
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) MIRAI NAGASU
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) JOHNNY DAMON, EMMA SLATER
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JOHNNY DAMON
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin via Getty Images) LINDSAY ARNOLD, KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JOSH NORMAN, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - Get ready, sports fans, for the most competitive season of 'Dancing with the Stars' ever as the show fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, on the season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,' MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) JOSH NORMAN
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