Dancing with the Stars 32: Matt Walsh steps away amidst strike

Dancing with the Stars season 32

It felt like it was only a matter of time but today, Dancing with the Stars season 32 has lost its first contestant due to the WGA strike.

Over the weekend, it was first revealed to a number of people that the ballroom competition actually employs a WGA writer, which makes it a struck show. Given it is a reality competition show, the assumption always was that it was okay for actors to sign on, especially since it is not in violation of the SAG-AFTRA strike agreement.

Today, Veep alum Matt Walsh revealed that he is stepping away through the remainder of the strike, and a report from Variety suggests that the show could be delayed unless the WGA strike reaches a conclusion by the end of the day. There have been claims that this could be possible, but it is far from confirmed.

In a statement, here is what Walsh had to say about his decision to walk away:

“I am taking a pause from Dancing with the Stars until an agreement is made with the WGA. I was excited to join the show and did so under the impression that it was not a WGA show and fell under a different agreement. This morning when I was informed by my union, the WGA, that it is considered struck work I walked out of my rehearsal. I have been and will always stand with my union members of the WGA, SAG and DGA. Beyond our union artists, I am sensitive to the many people impacted by the strike and I hope for a speedy and fair resolution, and to one day work again with all the wonderful people I met at DWTS who tolerated my dancing.“

It is certainly possible that other cast members could walk away from the show in the interim; we will have to wait and see on that.

Related Be sure to get some more news on Dancing with the Stars right now, including other discussion on the cast

What do you think about Dancing with the Stars 32 being potentially delayed?

Share right now in the attached comments! Once you do just that, remember to come back for some other updates.

(Photo: ABC.)

This article was written by Jessica BunBun.

Love TV? Be sure to like Matt & Jess on Facebook for more updates!