Thus far, ABC is really striking out in their attempts to land some big names to their cast of “Dancing with the Stars” this spring. First, they asked Mitt Romney’s wife Ann (an admitted fan of the show) and she declined; and then, troubled young star Lindsay Lohan said the same thing despite being offered over $500,000 to take part in the show.
So else has also turned the producers and casting agents away? Let’s just say that it is one of the most unlikable men in pop culture right now in Lance Armstrong. Fresh off of admitting to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs in all seven of his Tour de France victories, sources tell Entertainment Weekly that Armstrong has said no to producers interested in casting him on the show.
While we were flabbergasted in some ways by Lohan’s decision to turn down the gig when she desperately needs the money, it makes more sense for Lance to do so for a number of reasons.
1. He clearly does not need the money, having received countless endorsement deals over the years (though we also see some legal battles coming up for him).
2. He could use the show to promote the cancer awareness charity Livestrong, but we also have a feeling that they want nothing to do with him moving forward.
3. Who would actually vote for this guy? Armstrong not only cheated while simultaneously being an inspirational story, but he also ruined the lives of anyone who tries to stand in his way by flooding them with legal fees.
We admire the producers of the show going after someone with Lance’s level of celebrity, but at the same time we think that the cast this year will once again be a combination of falling reality stars (possibly someone from “Jersey Shore”), sitcom legends from the 1980s, athletes in the off-season, and someone from the Disney Channel.
Do you think that Lance made the right decision? We want to hear from you below, and you can read more about Lindsay saying no to the gig over at the link here.