Nick Viall and 9 More Celebrities Who Feuded Over ‘Dancing with the Stars’

There are many celebrities who have competed on Dancing with the Stars, and in many cases, the show has caused some celebrity drama. Sometimes it’s because a star was chosen over their costars to put on their dancing shoes. Other times it’s because the professional dancers just can’t get along with their celebrity dance partner.

Some of these feuds were shown on the show, while others were kept quiet as another one of the show’s secrets. So which celebrities reportedly got too competitive? Here are 10 celebrities who feuded over the show.

1. Leah Remini and Kirstie Alley

On the left is a picture of Leah Remini talking. On the right is a picture of Kirstie Alley on the red carpet.

Left: Leah Remini | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Right: Kirstie Alley | Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Kirstie Alley competed on the show in Season 12 with her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They made it all the way to second place, eventually losing to NFL player, Hines Ward. The season didn’t have much drama, but things changed when it was announced that Leah Remini was cast on the show for Season 17.

The problem is that Kirstie Alley is an active member of Scientology. At the time, Remini had left Scientology and filed a missing police report for Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader, David Miscavige. Remini also spoke out against the organization openly.

Alley was so angry that Remini was allowed on the show that she cut ties with her former dance partner, Chmerkovskiy. According to him:

Scientology happened. You can thank [my friendship with 2013 contestant and former Scientologist] Leah Remini for that. A note was sent to a friend telling me I was ‘disconnected,’ as in, I am no longer allowed to be Kirstie’s friend. I find it ridiculous for an adult human being to ‘disconnect’ from someone. But everyone is entitled to their own insanity.