The upcoming June 6th edition of the National Enquirer is reporting that Melissa Gilbert (“Little House On The Prairie” fame) is going to dance on the next season of Dancing With The Stars. Read this schedule of National Enquirer stories to come from Ocdeffluvia;
2011 — June 6 — Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $500 Million Divorce, Jim Carrey’s daughter wants her mom and dad back together, Oprah’s neighbors don’t like her, Kirstie Alley wants to open a dance studio, Melissa Gilbert to be on Dancing with the Stars, Chaz Bono to marry girlfriend, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in couples therapy, John Rich of Celebrity Apprentice rude to fans, Lauren Alaina of American Idol to help tornado victims in her hometown, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan to wed in July,….
Edit to Add: Here is take from the National Enquirer. Be sure to read the link for the full article.
“After so much pain and heartache recently, it’s nice to see Melissa with something to smile about,” said an insider. “Her upcoming appearance is giving her something to look forward to after her split from her husband.
Melissa and her husband of 16 years, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” star Bruce Boxleitner, separated on March 1. The couple continued to live together for a while and attempted to reconcile, but Bruce finally moved out when the couple realized their relationship was not going to work.
Melissa was also deeply disappointed when she lost out on a role in the new version of the nighttime soap “Dallas.” Producers chose “Desperate Housewives” star Brenda Strong instead.
Adding to her woes, Melissa came down with a severe bout of colitis – inflammation of the colon – after undergoing a colonoscopy recently.
“Melissa has had one bad break after another,” added the source. “It’s nice to see her luck is changing by landing on ‘Dancing with the Stars. ’
I remember Melissa’s name coming up a lot in many fans wish lists last Season. I’ve also seen her sitting in the audience either this Season or last, can’t remember which? Though I think it was this past season. After doing some digging on twitter, I found she tweets regularly to Kirstie Alley and she was a fan this Season.
So, what do you think of this possibility? I’d love it. I’ve always liked Melissa. Even though the National Enquirer is not reliable (then again, tabloids seem to nail it too sometimes), I wouldn’t be surprised if Melissa isn’t a serious contender to do the show next Season?
Heidi’s Note: If true, I would peg her as a likely winner, based on her history on Little House – depending on who else is on this coming season, of course.
John’s Update: Melissa posted the following 2 tweets where she says the rumors are exaggerated and that they’re not casting yet, but that she’d answer her phone if they did call. Exaggerated doesn’t mean that the base story isn’t true. Although, it is early for them to have a final cast. Lots of negotiating and contract signing to happen before anyone is officially in season 13′s DWTS cast. Melissa’s smart to deny anything. DWTS doesn’t like leaks. Here are her tweets: