TMZ is reporting Bindi Irwin’s Dancing With The Stars contract got rejected because a judge needs proof Steve Irwin died. WHA??? Crazy!!! Poor Bindi…let’s hope this issue gets resolved quickly. She deserves every bit of the money she’s getting for doing Dancing With The Stars.
Bindi Irwin is caught in a tangled legal web … her “Dancing With The Stars” contract just got rejected because a judge needs proof her dad is dead.
Lawyers for the show submitted a minor’s contract to an L.A. Superior Court judge … it’s required because Bindi is 17. Her mom Terri signed a form stating she gives up all rights to any money her daughter will make on the show.
Here’s the rub. For some reason the judge wants the same release from Bindi’s dad, the late Steve Irwin. The judge said without proof of Steve giving up his rights to Bindi’s money, “the court is unable to find that it is in the best interest of the minor to be bound by the terms of the contract.”
It’s unclear if the judge is unaware Steve died in 2006, or if she’s just a stickler for a death certificate.
We’re told lawyers for the show will do what it takes to get the judge to sign off.
More at TMZ.
ETA: Just a little update from People…
Now, the production company behind DWTS is stepping in to move the contract through the court.
“We are aware of the situation and our legal team is in contact with the court to work it out,” a spokesperson for BBC Worldwide Productions tells PEOPLE.
Irwin will hit the ballroom floor again Monday (at 8 p.m. ET) on ABC.