No Same-Sex Couple for ‘Dancing With the Stars’
After toying with the idea of including a same-sex couple on the next season of Dancing With the Stars, ABC has abandoned the notion, PopEater’s Rob Shuter reports.
A source within the network tells Shuter that the plan fell through after Ellen DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi turned down an offer to appear on the show and ABC was unable to come up with a non-controversial replacement:
“If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal. She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program’s conservative viewers.”
Now, the source adds, producers have decided to hold off on the idea for a few years, hoping that cultural attitudes change, and don’t plan to “rush into creating a same-sex dancing couple just to get attention and publicity.”
So, if DWTS won’t be spicing things up with same sex competitors, what can viewers expect next season? A big snooze, according to one Hollywood casting director. who suggests that, after Bristol Palin’s controversial turn on the show, producers have become even more gun-shy than usual:
“After Bristol, I predict it will be the most boring bunch of stars ever cast next season. When you have a hit as big as this on your hands, everyone is scared to mess it up.”
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