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PureDWTS Season 28: Bobby Bones Weighs in on Sharna & Artem’s Dismissal and Sean Spicer, Talks to Lauren Alaina About Her Partner

So…I was at odds with this one, because while I think none of us really want to hear any more of Bobby’s thoughts on DWTS, a lot of people are still wrestling with the question of why Artem & Sharna were let go.  But for once (and I can’t believe I’m saying this), Bobby made some good points on his podcast yesterday about their dismissal, as well as Sean Spicer’s participation.  Bobby’s commentary on the whole situation starts at the 88:43 mark and ends at the 92:52 mark, if you want to listen for yourself; I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing below (pain in the ass, but I know some of you won’t bother listening and will just start going off in the comments regardless – so at least do me the favor of reading this):

Bobby: Let me say this.  You know they announced the Dancing with the Stars cast yesterday, and then it came out that Sharna, my partner from last season, is not returning to Dancing with the Stars. She is not the only one – they didn’t bring back Artem on the guys’ side, so it wasn’t just a Sharna thing. But I can tell you that I reached out to her before they announced and was like “Hey what’s up? Who’s your partner?” and she was like “I don’t know yet!”

Amy: Oh.

Bobby: And this was like two or three days BEFORE the announce.  And I was like “oh, cool” because she had just been on a trip and she came back and I was like “Oh cool, let me know!” When you see who you get, y’know. So a few days before, she didn’t know she wasn’t gonna be on the show. I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn here – I hope not! Uh, so, then she found and texted me and was like “Oh, I didn’t know…this is crazy! I had no idea.”

Amy: Whaaaat?! Wow, I mean, because she’s been on, like-

Bobby: She’s been on for 11 seasons, 12 seasons, yeah. So she wrote [he goes on to read a passage from Sharna’s farewell IG post]. A lot of these sites have now coupled me with the story, going “well this is why, controversial winner!”

Lunchbox: *chuckles* I saw that, yeah.

Bobby: Which it’s not – cause why would Artem not come back, either?

Lunchbox: Right, had nothing to do with you.

Bobby: I would have loved if it had everything to do with me, don’t think that I wouldn’t think that was great – not because of her, but that we just broke the system so much that they’re having to- that’s not the case. Ummm…so…Sharna’s awesome, I talked to her before, I talked to her right after, she’s like “You’re not gonna believe it.  I can’t believe it!” So she’s not back.  I don’t really know WHY…I’m not sure. I have great relationships with everybody – all that crew on DWTS, obviously with Sharna, so I don’t know what the deal is with her. So…I did see on Instagram that she wrote that…

Amy: That’s a bummer.  It’d be different if she was a part of the decision, like “Y’know what, I’m just not gonna do it this year”, but she was just as shocked…

Bobby: I talked to Lauren Alaina last night for a long time, cause she’s doing it. We put a dancing picture on my Instastory, of us dancing…she hasn’t started practicing yet. She’s still in that phase of “this is gonna be so fun!”

Amy: *chuckles* Wait till it rules your life!

Bobby: But I was like “Hey, you’re gonna have some real issues of inadequacy with this. Cause you’re gonna go and you’re just not gonna be able to get it and you’re gonna go ‘oh well I’m the worst’ and it’s gonna bubble into your life and you’ll go ‘well I’m just not good at anything’ and when that happens – CALL ME. Whatever time it is – cause I struggled from that. 2 or 3 days of doing 8, 9 hours a day, like I couldn’t get it, and I was like ‘I’m just sad’, cause I’m not smart enough to get what I see people doing all around me. If that happens, CALL ME. Cause wherever you are, I was there, PLUS.”  Cause I had never danced! She called the postshow/preshow yesterday, she called me right after she got on Good Morning America, this is a call from Lauren Alaina yesterday…

[goes to recorded call between Lauren and Bobby]

Bobby: Have you started practicing dancing?

Lauren: NO!

Bobby: No practice yet???

Lauren: No! NONE!

Bobby: And have you announced your partner?

Lauren: I haven’t even met my partner! I don’t know who it is!

Bobby: Wait, they were up there, though, today…

Lauren: The people were there, but they didn’t tell us who our partners were.

Bobby: You follow someone, one of the pros on your Instagram already, that’s not your partner???

Lauren: No I followed him because I sang for him last year.

Bobby: I thought that too, but all the conspiracy websites are saying that Alan is your partner.

Lauren: But, I would be HAPPY if he was, I love him.

[call ends]

Bobby: I talked to her last night, she was like “They said I’m gonna have a good one, but I don’t know who it is!” She still doesn’t know. So, I’m excited for the season, I plan on going for the premiere, I saw that there was some drama because they put Sean Spicer on there, people upset about that. Y’know, I probably would have stayed away from putting anyone political on there, too…there’s a reason why you don’t wanna come on the show and not talk about politics. There’s certain places people go for politics, there’s certain places people don’t – THIS definitely isn’t! He won’t last long, anyway – physically, I don’t think he can handle it. So, yeah…that’s the deal. Pretty good cast, pretty excited about that, my thing on Sharna was I didn’t know, she didn’t know, and then I saw her post yesterday after she had told me that she was kinda upset about not being able to be able to go back.  She may go back another time, I don’t know…but there you go.  Everybody’s asking me to say something about it, so I said it – I didn’t know, she didn’t know. Alright, cool…

So, some immediate takeaways: the celebs have NOT met their pro partners yet (and vice-versa), so it’s possible they don’t know who they’re with yet. Also clear that Sharna was as caught off-guard about the whole thing as Artem was, and was gobsmacked to find out she wasn’t coming back this season. Bobby also appears to still be a bit of a vainglorious little shit, who likes to think his win “broke the system”. *Sigh* However – he does echo what we’ve all been saying about Spicer’s casting, so he gets minor brownie points from me…you know this show is in deep sh*t when even the most controversial winner ever says “Oof, shouldn’t have cast Spicer, guys.”

Someone also sent me the clip below (can’t figure out if this is from the same episode or a different one), where Bobby makes some good points about how cutting Artem loose was a bad decision…

I’m also being told that Artem is set to appear on the Bella’s podcast this coming Wednesday, so we’ll likely get more of his side of the story as well…stay tuned.

Many of you have asked me for my own thoughts on why Sharna & Artem were let go…and to be honest, I’ve remained quiet, simply because I’m just as stumped as you guys. I guess I can maybe kinda see why Sharna might have been the sacrificial lamb – she could have been removed so as to not remind viewers of the dumpster fire of last season, or maybe the fact that she’s been an outspoken critic of the show in the past could have benched her; compared to media darlings like Witney, Lindsay, Emma, & Jenna, she hasn’t been afraid to speak her mind about the show in the past (note that the last time we had an outspoken female pro who criticized the show in the press, it was Lacey – and her appearances on the show dwindled pretty quickly after that). Is Sharna wrong for speaking her mind? Not always – but from a PR point of view, she may be more of a risk than the new management is willing to take. Plus she no longer has her “It’s Sharna’s turn to win!” plot armor to protect her spot on the show anymore. My only other thought about why Sharna and Artem may have been let go is due to other projects they had going on – perhaps Artem’s participation in Total Bellas or Sharna’s gig as a judge on DWTSAu gave the (incorrect) impression that their hearts weren’t 100% in the DWTS game anymore…? I’m really just spitballing, guys – it makes no sense to me, it makes no sense to you, hell – it makes no sense to Sharna and Artem.

Thoughts?

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Part 2: The Cast Of DWTS Season 28 Talks To The Press After GMA Announcement

Below are more press interviews after the cast announcement yesterday. Also included below are some insta stories from the pros. Good stuff. I really like this cast and their positivity so far. If you missed our first post of their interviews yesterday, see this link.

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PureDWTS: Sean Spicer Reacts To Tom Bergeron’s Tweet, Dances Too!

We touched a little on Tom Bergeron’s tweet yesterday in a previous post for how the Dancing With The Stars host felt that the show shouldn’t be casting political figures to keep the show “joyfull”, etc.. Well, this morning, Sean Spicer was interviewed on Fox (watch it below). He says he understands and respects Tom’s opinion. Sean says he plans to leave politics aside and hopes at the end of the season, Tom and others will feel differently that Sean and the whole cast (and it’s diversity) helps bring people together by dancing together. I hope for this too. I think Sean sounds like a good guy and I like his approach. I hope people will give him a chance. Sean dances a little at the end of this interview too (can we have Ainsley on the show next? I love her). Really cute….
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The Cast Of DWTS Season 28 Talks To The Press After GMA Announcement (Includes Tom Bergeron Inside Edition Report)

Some great and interesting interviews are starting to come out with the new celebrities of Dancing With The Stars Season 28. Check out the ET and Access interviews below as well as People and E Online. Also below is a report on Tom Bergeron and his feelings about Sean Spicer being cast. He’s not liking it being he doesn’t want politics on the show. My feelings, as long as Sean doesn’t “make” his appearance on the show political, I’m ok with it. Lots lots more below….

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 – Who’s Dancing with Whom??

Well, it seems like we haven’t had to do with is quite some time, but here we are again!! They say we won’t find out the partnerships until the premiere, but I say the paparazzi and fans are much better than that!!

Your celebs are listed below and in our GMA Live Blog. As we find info about partnerships we will update this post. If you see something that implies a partnership, we NEED A LINK or some other evidence. If you want to make a prediction in the comments, by all means do so – but make it clear that it’s a prediction. If you don’t remember who the pros are, you can check out pro watch – I think it’s up to date now – this morning was kinda hectic so if you notice an error just let us know and we’ll fix. Have at it. 🙂

ETA: I don’t know if this is enough for me, but Jenna is meeting her partner today and had a specific producer with her. According to Linz, that producer was then at the Lakers’ arena. Would ordinarily mean nothing, but word is that all the pros are meeting their partners *tomorrow*, not today. That kinda narrows it down a bit. So, looks like Lamar is a possibility for Jenna. ~Heidi

ETA2: And Kel just followed Witney, according to Courtney….good enough for me! 🙂

ETA3: And Ray just tells everyone his partner is Cheryl. 🙂  Of course, since we’ve found three of the male celebs partners so easily, they could think they’re being clever with a coordinated “leak”.

ETA4: Thanks to Amanda in comments who says that Tom B. said on Sirius this morning that Keo and Daniella will be rotating pros who won’t have partners. No idea what that means. I also love (sarcasm) people who screencap our comments section to spread all over the internet – I’m trying to have a life here and ya’ll are taking time away from that. 🙂

ETA5: And these partnerships are leaking like a sieve now, kids – producer @thedchannel features Gleb on a shopping spree in her IG story…and you hear him say they’re “in Nashville”. Unless this is all some elaborate ruse to throw us all off the real partnerships, it’s looking like the laziest of the male pros (and one who really shaded his last partner) just got handed someone that’s guaranteed to get him to at least the halfway point of this season, if not further. Anyone else seriously hoping for a Hail Mary tomorrow, with Gronk & Camille announcing they’re the 13th and 14th celebs? Cause this season is tanking FAST… -Court-

ETA4: Val is pictured outdoors at his partner’s place – which has outdoor furniture exactly like Christie Brinkley’s. Scroll to the bottom. Imma go with that until I hear otherwise. We also have lots of other clues to other couples (Lindsay/SS??? Hannah/Alan??) but no concrete proof just yet. ~Heidi

ETA5: A few more pairings based on some deductive reasoning. And Hannah got papped. 🙂 ~Heidi

ETA6: Court showed me photos that convinced me that Sasha and Ally are paired…but I’m running out the door so maybe she’ll post them when she gets home… 🙂 **Court adding: Scroll down for the smoking gun heels…and thank you to those of you on Twitter who take the time to put together solid photographic evidence! You’re the real ones 😉

Karamo Brown

Hannah Brown – Alan

Lauren Alaina – Gleb

James Van Der Beek (We are guessing Emma but don’t know for sure)

Ray Lewis – Cheryl

Kate Flannery

Ally Brooke – Sasha

Lamar Odom – Jenna???

Kel Mitchell – Witney

Sean Spicer – Lindsay

Christie Brinkley – Val

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VIDEO of the GMA Dancing With The Stars Season 28 Cast Announcement

Good Morning America announced the cast members for Dancing With The Stars Season 28 today. Below you can watch video coverage. For more in detail how the announcement went down LIVE, see our Live Blog. Be sure to join us in comments in all the posts to tell us what you think.

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PureDWTS Preliminary POLL: Who Are You Rooting For?

Normally, we’d be voting on partnerships (rather than just celebs), but given that we aren’t going to find out the partnerships officially until the premiere in 3.5 weeks, right now we’re just sticking to celebs.  Based on first impressions from the cast announcement, who is your favorite? Who do you think will win? Who will be first out? Who will make the finals? Vote and tell us more in the comments! Read more..

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Insider Shoots Down Dancing With The Stars Season 25 Cast Rumors, Comments On New Cast

At the end of July, TMZ reported producers of Dancing With The Stars were in talks with “Bachelor In Paradise” star DeMario Jackson to dance in Season 25? Variety is reporting is now reporting this rumor is not true. They also shoot down some of the other rumors we’ve reported on. Below is more including a comment on the new season…..

“I don’t think so,” the source says when asked if Olympios has been considered for the dance competition series. “I think [ABC] was really happy with how Nick Viall did in the spring, but if I had to guess, I’d guess that this fall, the show would probably take a break from Bachelor Nation. [The network] doesn’t like these shows to feel too intertwined.”

As for Sean Spicer, ABC had been eyeing the former White House press secretary, but he will not be joining the reality dancing show this season. Our source says that there was “some interest” in casting Spicer over the past few weeks, but plans fell apart this past weekend and it “doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.” However, the network had been talking to Spicer and was interested in him because of his recent pop culture relevance. In the fall, ABC typically goes for buzzy personalities who are newsworthy, since many athletes are not available with football season and have to wait to be cast on “DWTS” until the spring.

According to our source, Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly ousted from Trump’s administration after a now-infamous explosive and vulgar interview, won’t be putting on his dancing shoes either. ABC hasn’t even reached out to Scaramucci.

“My gosh. By the time the show premieres, who knows how many other communications directors we’ll have gone through,” our source says with a laugh. In jest, the source adds, “Sure — [they’ll cast] Scaramucci, and then the replacement next week, and then the replacement next week. It will be ‘Dancing With the White House Communications Corp!’”

While our insider is staying mum on who has been officially cast for Season 25, the source says the network is “really happy” about who has signed on so far, but is still searching for more celebrity contestants. “I think it’s going to be a really warm cast — really fun and a lot of great dance ability.”

I hope so. More at Variety.

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DWTS Edyta Sliwinska Weighs In On The Season 25 Casting Rumors, Would Love To Dance

What I’d give to see Edyta Sliwinksa return to Dancing With The Stars. And she’s open to the idea. Check out this new interview with her and The Insider. She weighs in on all the rumors and her new little baby too…

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Sean Spicer Has Reportedly Turned Down Dancing With The Stars

In a previous posting, we reported that the producers of Dancing With The Stars had approached Sean Spicer to dance. According to Page Six, he’s turned the show down. More in detail below…

Looks like “Dancing with the Stars” won’t be getting Spicy this fall.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has reportedly turned down the TV show’s invite to be a contestant on their upcoming 25th season — saying he’ll have an “overwhelming number of commitments” to attend to.

Sources close to the 45-year-old told TMZ that he probably would have been a terrible contestant anyway, seeing how he basically has two left feet.

“He’s not a good dancer,” a source said.

While this may have been a deciding factor, Spicer was said to have backed out of the deal simply because he’ll be too busy in the fall.

With all the political division in this country currently, it’s probably for the best. To read the full article, see Page Six.

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