kick somebody off/out


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The Big Bang Theory Season 02, Episode 08

(Howard and Raj are staring intently at the television. Leonard enters.)

Leonard: Did I miss anything? Did they kick Giselle off?
Howard: Isn’t it obvious? Every week, they kick out a beautiful girl, making her feel unwanted and without self-esteem.

I believe 'kick off' and 'kick out' both mean to remove somebody from a competition in a show hereof. Then what's the difference between the two phrases in this definition?
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    We/I would use a different preposition depending on whether I was speaking of the show/program (kick off) or the competition (kick out of).

    Whichever you choose, the person goes home.

    Ludwyn Leroy Lasso

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    What you re saying is, both kick out and/or off, means same situation, difference lies in the cintext, which is this, Kick OFF=TV Contest and Kick OUT= Skill competition?...


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    No, they don't always mean the same thing:

    To kick off something, like an event, means to start the event.
    To kick someone out of a competition is to take them out of the competition, e.g. for unsporting conduct, drug use, whatever.
    To kick someone off a team is to remove him or her as a player for that team.
    To kick out at someone is often literally to use your leg and foot to kick in someone's direction.