Though she initially said she was interested in the show, she turned down the offer
Anne Romney, Mitt Romney’s wife, won’t be coming to ABC anytime soon – at least, not as part of the cast of the network’s popular dancing competition Dancing With the Stars. A rep confirms she’s turned down that offer.TMZ reports that Mrs. Romney was offered the gig shortly after the Presidential Elections that Mr. Romney lost.
The offer came on the heels of her expressing interest in DWTS and was, according to reports, sweet enough.
“Sources connected to the show tell us, DWTS honchos approached Ann about the gig just after her hubby lost the election and she was ‘very interested.’ You may recall, Ann showed up at last season's finale and gushed that she was a big, big fan,” TMZ writes.
“Our sources say Ann and producers had several meetings to try to hash out the details, but Ann ultimately decided against it,” adds the same media outlet.
Money was most probably not the issue, since DWTS bosses have a reputation of always being willing to throw money at a celebrity only to get them on the show because that translates into huge ratings.
More likely, this was an issue about image.
Mrs. Romney’s publicist confirms for TMZ that negotiations were once held to make this happen, but they ultimately fell through.
“Ann Romney was approached, but she declined. She will not be appearing on Dancing with the Stars,” the publicist says.
For the time being, Mrs. Romney is the only name being thrown around for a possible contestant on the new season of DWTS.
However, it’s clear that producers and network bosses have to give it all their best because ratings for the previous season, the All-Star edition, weren’t exactly that impressive.
More on this is bound to emerge soon, so keep an eye on this space for updates.