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.”
2. Lindsay Lohan
The actress hasn’t been working for a while so it might be surprising that she turned down a $550,000 offer to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars, according to The Huffington Post in 2003. This is sort of disappointing since a lot of people would tune in to see if she would fare well on the dance floor.
3. Lance Armstrong
The show likes to jump on celebrities who have just been through a scandal. After the cyclist admitted to doping in an interview with Oprah, the show gave him an offer. He, however, also declined a $550,000 offer, according to Entertainment Weekly.
4. Bill Clinton
The former president is a favorite when it comes to the show, as they ask him pretty much every season to come on. He gave an interesting reason as to why he turns them down. “This is interesting — actually they contacted me once about this,” he said on The Rachael Ray Show. “And I told them I didn’t have the time to train for it. You know you actually go out there and train — you really work at it.”
But his wife has encouraged him to start learning anyways. “Just last night Hillary said to me, ‘You know, when I’m not secretary of state anymore, we should go take dancing lessons.’ So we’ll start with the tango.”
5. Demi Moore
The mother was pretty happy for Rumer when she won the mirror ball trophy. Both Demi Moore and Bruce Willis supported Rumer by going to the shows and watching her perform. So it makes sense that the producers might try to convince one of them to take a shot at winning themselves. Moore was offered a spot on Season 21, according to Closer Weekly, but turned it down.
6. Mark Zuckerberg
It would be interesting to see how the Facebook co-founder would do on the show. However, he’s too busy running the company to join and reportedly turned Dancing with the Stars down.
7. Sylvester Stallone
Dancing with the Stars has reportedly offered the actor a place on the show, but he’s still busy making movies like Creed and The Expendables 3.
8. Tiffani Thiessen
If you loved Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell then you probably would want Thiessen to join the reality TV show. However, she opened up about why she has said no. “I’ve been asked a few times, but my response to that is that I am an actor, not a dancer,” she told The Huffington Post. “I think I would rather be one of those 50 and above and going back to get into shape. They can ask me then.”
9. Gayle King
Oprah’s best friend has turned down the opportunity three times and revealed why. “I think it’s good to keep my public humiliation to a minimum,” she told US Magazine. “I would never want to embarrass my children ever … or myself! I can’t dance.” She however, is a huge fan and watches the show.
10. Bobby Flay
Some reported that Flay was joining Season 16, however, he reportedly didn’t want to “be known as that guy on Dancing with the Stars,” according to Eater. He then continued, “My wife told me that she would divorce me if I did it.”
11. Jamie Lee Curtis
The actress has been in the crowd to watch the show live, so she’s definitely a fan. However, when she was asked if she would put on her dancing shoes, she said no. “They’ve knocked,” she said according to NBC Los Angeles. “No one was home.”
12. Ricky Schroder
The actor has also been on the list of wanted celebrities for the show. Alfonso Ribeiro was asked by a producer to refer some people for the show, including Ricky Schroder. “The one that she wanted I couldn’t get,” he said according to K Pop Starz. “She wanted Ricky Shroder [sic] and Ricky Schroder was like, ‘Eh, I don’t dance!'”
13. “Weird Al” Yankovic
The funny singer was also asked to try out his skills on the dance floor. “They asked me, and I said no,” he revealed to Billboard. “It’s not my thing, you know? It wouldn’t be a pleasant experience for me. I’m frankly not a big fan of reality TV — I know there’s a zillion people who watch the show, and it would probably be ‘good for my career,’ but I don’t know, it’s just not my thing.”
14. Martha Stewart
The business mogul isn’t opposed to trying something different. After all, she now has a cooking show with Snoop Dogg. But it doesn’t look like she has any interest in dancing. According to Us Weekly, she was asked to join the cast for Season 18 but turned it down.
15. Austin Mahone
The songwriter was also asked to be on Season 18 of the show. He passed up the opportunity, but there is hope he’ll be on a later season. “He wasn’t able to do it with his current schedule,” an insider told Us Weekly. Maybe we will get to see him show off his moves later.
16. Ann Coulter
The conservative political commentator isn’t afraid to show up on different shows to promote herself. She was on Comedy Central Roast in 2016 to promote her latest book, but she reportedly turned down Dancing with the Stars when she was asked to join.
17. Ben Higgins
There are multiple bachelors who have tried winning the mirror ball trophy, but Ben Higgins decided to sit this one out. There were some reports that it was because he wanted to focus on his relationship with Lauren Bushnell. It also could have been because he was working on his own reality show, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?
18. Tim Allen
The Home Improvement star also was reportedly asked to join the cast, but turned them down. He’s still working steadily on television with Last Man Standing. Perhaps when the show is over, the funny man will decide to participate in Dancing with the Stars.
19. Kaitlyn Bristowe
The former star of The Bachelorette was also offered the opportunity to dance on the show after she found love. But unlike former contestants, producers reportedly told her that she couldn’t do the show.
Bristowe revealed this when it was announced that Nick Viall of The Bachelor was joining the cast. The bittersweet news is that it looks like the executive producer changed his mind after she revealed the unfair treatment on Twitter.
20. Queen Latifah
A few years ago there were multiple reports that the actress was going to join the show. But a lot of fans were disappointed when she announced that this wasn’t true. It also doesn’t seem like she is interested in participating in the future.
“I performed on Dancing with the Stars so you might see me as a performer, but not as a dancer,” she told Access Hollywood.
21. Christine O’Donnell
The politician actually announced on Facebook that she was offered the chance to be on the show. “I just got the Official ‘Ask’ from Dancing With The Stars!!” she wrote on Facebook. “Although I am utterly flattered, my initial thought was to decline, as 2 year old nephew has more rhythm than me, and my two left feet!! What do you think?” She ended up declining the offer.
22. Ann Romney
The wife of former GOP presidential candidate was also asked to join the cast after her husband lost the election. She later gave a reason why she declined. “I don’t think I have the stamina,” Ann Romney confessed in an interview with SiriusXM’s Julie Mason. “I know what would happen — two weeks in, I’ll be flat on my back.”
23. Condoleezza Rice
It seems like Dancing with the Stars is really interested in getting politicians on the show. The former secretary of state was also offered to go on the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The politician however, just didn’t have any interest in being on reality television.
24. Richard Branson
The British business mogul was also reportedly asked to join the show, but he passed up the opportunity. Richard Branson however, never made a public statement about it, but it’s definitely an interesting casting choice.
25. Hillary Clinton
The show really loves Bill Clinton, and it looks like the invitation is open to his wife as well. The former presidential nominee was also asked to join the show, according to Us Weekly. She reportedly laughed off the idea and has no desire to dance on the show.
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