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Portia de Rossi Reportedly Turns Down 'Dancing With the Stars'

by PopEater Staff, posted Dec 7th 2010 3:30PM

'Dancing With the Stars' may not be looking to feature a same-sex couple in season 11 next spring after one big star -- actress Portia de Rossi, wife of Ellen DeGeneres -- reportedly declined to be the show's guinea pig

According to PopEater's Rob Shuter, because 'Arrested Development' star de Rossi (who goes by Portia DeGeneres now) rejected the offer, the megahit reality series will wait on breaking the same-sex dancing barrier.

"If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal," an ABC insider told Shuter. "She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program's conservative viewers."

The Israeli version of 'Dancing With the Stars' garnered worldwide publicity for casting a same-sex dancing pair.

The show has a soft spot for stunt casting -- Kate Gosselin, Florence Henderson, Bristol Palin, anyone? -- but isn't yet ready to invite on a same-sex couple. The last time a contestant did anything remotely gay -- Margaret Cho's rainbow dress -- she was promptly dumped by viewers.

"With all the debate going on about Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the country, this would have been the perfect time to do this," one Hollywood casting director told Shuter. "Yet, the show has never been about pushing the envelope. It's a huge hit because it doesn't make anyone uncomfortable."

Shuter's sources said the backlash felt over Palin's surprising tenure on the show caught producers by surprise and they're looking to avoid conflict for a while.

"After Bristol, I predict it will be the most boring bunch of stars ever cast next season," the casting director says. "When you have a hit as big as this on your hands, everyone is scared to mess it up."

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GREAT!Smart decsion proud of her ..she doesnt belong on that show .
The show is horrible and fixed and really promotes the most has beens or ttrashy people of Hlyd.....it isnt even CLOSE to being what it was ,what it started out as etc..
The tv programs and omg realit shows are out of control and wow trashy

December 22 2010 at 5:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm good with boring. Especially since the show has gone with some rather bizarre stunt casting (Florence Henderson not so much, because I enjoyed her, but Kate Gosselin? Bristol Palin? Hardly "stars" to me!) in the past couple of seasons.

One suggestion that WON'T be offensive to nearly everyone with a brain: Carol Burnett. To see someone who is older than 55 actually *win* the competition, especially one built upon popularity and viewer votes like DWTS, would be so thrilling to not just me, but to anyone who understands that as people age, their mobility falters slightly.

Many of the younger kids know about her now thanks to "Glee". Methinks this is the perfect time to try a comeback, Carol. Do you think so too?


December 07 2010 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm so glad she turned this down. I hope to see her back on the screen again sometime... But not in trash like this!!!

December 07 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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