The dancing competition show has had a really long run, and part of that is due to some of the show’s operational secrets. One such secret is that Dancing with the Stars maintains a list of celebrities who they want to come on the show. They ask most of these celebrities if they want to join every season. Of course, this leads to a lot of rejection, but some of those people eventually cave and participate on the show.
But what celebs have stayed strong and remained off the show? Here are 25 celebrities who refused to appear on Dancing with the Stars.
1. Caitlyn Jenner
Kim Kardashian competed on Dancing with the Stars in Season 7. Her partner was Mark Ballas and when she was sent home it was kind of a surprise. Jenner was very supportive of Kim during that time. “I am very proud of her,” she said according to E! News. “She had a lot of guts to say yes to do this show with no dance background at all. Success is not measured by heights attained, but by obstacles overcome.”
But now that Jenner has transitioned, the show is interested in having her on. “I think Caitlyn would be great on the show,” co-producer Deena Katz told Gossip Cop. “I think right now she needs to figure out her life. Trust me, we will be fighting for her at some point. But for now, let Caitlyn become Caitlyn.”
However, it doesn’t look like it’ll ever happen. Jenner wasn’t even open to talking about it even though a public offer had been made. “There is not nor have there ever been any negotiations on this matter,” Jenner’s publicist said according to ET Online. “They inquired if she was interested in participating in the show and I said no thank you. That is the extent of the communication.”