Lance Armstrong Turned Down Dancing With The Stars

Bicyclist, Lance Armstrong’s, high profile confession on Oprah
s OWN talk show, that he did indeed dope his way to 7 Tour de France wins has not deterred ABC from offering the disgraced athlete a spot on Dancing with the Stars. He declined. Via Entertainment Weekly:

Lance Armstrong may not be able to race the Tour de France again. But ABC definitely wants him on Dancing With the Stars.

Sources say the ABC reality hit offered the former professional cyclist a spot on the upcoming spring edition of the veteran reality series. Armstrong declined.

Confirmed Armstrong’s spokesperson: “Lance has been offered the show each and every year since its inception. Although flattered he has passed on their generous offers.”

Honestly, who would want to see that? Is there anybody out there still on Armstrong’s side? Lindsey Lohan also turned down an offer to strut her stuff. I’m afraid to ask who else ABC is considering for the show.

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  • hcpoirot

    What a shame. They (the cycling federation)  should strip down Lance,  7 Tour De France title and demand he give back all the prizes money.

    But of course, they probably will not do that. And a couple months later, Lance Armstrong will had a New York Times best seller autobiography book and the public will forgive him. (just like what Arnold did after his affair and his teenager son from his housekeeper, Chris Brown etc etc)

    Yes, thats the power of being a man. I am not sure people will be so easily to forgive if a woman public figure do these kind of thing. ( doping, cheating, abusing etc etc)

  • Reflects On Life

    I was in the triathlon community in the early to mid 90s, when Armstrong was making the switch from triathlete to pro cyclist.  He was known as a first class prick back then (among triathletes).  And nothing has changed.  Best thing he can do to redeem himself now is to dedicate his life to his cancer foundation.

  • scorpiokat

    DWTS asked Ann Romney, but she turned them down too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Honestly, who would want to see that? Is there anybody out there still on Armstrong’s side?”

    I think that the only people who may have mixed feelings about Lance are those who have been helped by Livestrong, but since the board of Livestrong has asked Lance to sever his ties with the charity (after Lance only stepped down as Chair), it appears that they have realized that any further association with Lance will harm their organization and fundraising efforts. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lance’s confession has already impacted Livestrong in their donations. There are many other cancer-related charities where people can donate their money.

    I was glad to see that Lance’s interview with Oprah wasn’t the ratings blockbuster that Oprah must have hoped that it would be, despite lame efforts to spin and the fact that he still lied.

    I think that almost everyone had realized that Lance had doped after the USADA released their massive report on him with irrefutable testing results. The only thing I’m curious about is why Lance actually admitted it publicly now (without any remorse), after all this time. The statute of limitations has expired on any perjury charges, he’s already lost all of his sponsors and I don’t buy for a minute that he did it for his kids. I’m sure that he’s writing a book, but how well will that sell? I guess that we’ll find out soon enough.

  • Miz

    I wish DWTS hadn’t offered him a spot in the first place, so I’m glad he turned them down.

    I used to cheer him on but he turned out to be everything I hate. It’s one thing to lie about doping, but he took it to the most evil levels and ruined other people’s lives.

    I do not regret having donated to Livestrong, though. The organization did help a friend of mine.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “It’s one thing to lie about doping, but he took it to the most evil levels and ruined other people’s lives.”

    The threats and intimidations tactics that Lance used to try to suppress anyone who tried to tell the truth were disgusting. In some ways, that behavior was far worse than the doping itself. I hope that anyone he ruined will sue the pants off of him and win.

  • hillstreetblooz

    are tricky. They’re good, real good until they sense you’re on to them.
    Then they turn threatening and violent. They will try to destroy you if
    you get in the way of their lie.  We are a culture that so loves to believe the myth we ignore the truth
    right in front of us. Armstrong was allowed to keep going because we
    wanted to believe him. We empowered him. When others came forth to
    telling the truth we ignored them. Why do we as a culture lose our common sense and in essence give up our power in the face of a charming winner? When there’s smoke there’s
    generally fire.

  • jersey

    What Lance did to try and cover up his doping, ruining other lives etc. was far worse than the doping itself.  He should be held responsible for all of that.  He has already been stripped of his Tour de France titles.  I believe the Olympic committee has/or will be stripping his Olympic medal.

    The thing is, all they can do is vacate his wins.  They can’t award the titles to the next finisher because, unfortunately, as a sport, cycling is overrun with doping.  There probably isn’t anyone in the top ten finishers of the Tour de France who wasn’t doping at the time.

  • Tess

    I believe that we, as a culture, promote and continue to promote the culture of winning at all costs.  It begins in t-ball and peewee football, continues through jr. and sr. high, escalates out of control in college, and is a way of life in the professional and international level of sports.  We all pat ourselves on the back when someone gets caught, bow our heads in shame when someone dies, but continue to admire the “winner(s)” and hold them up on a gilded pedestal until something kicks them off.  And then we forgive them their transgressions and embrace them again if they can put a check back in the win column.

    And as much as we cheered someone for all their wins we gleefully rejoice in their, sometimes, eventual fall from grace and with a smirk we fall into the “I know it was too good too be true” and “winning isn’t everything” and “character is the mark of a man, not his/her abilities”.

    I’m certainly saying that what Lance (a true psychopath in my estimation) did was in any way, shape, or form right but I can understand how the road to ruin gets started.  To win is to be the best, to place second or below is to be a “looser”, and its never about just playing the game, it is about conquering the game.  None of this will ever stop and no one will really learn a life lesson from this.  I am sure that thousands of competitors in all sorts of fields are looking for that edge right this minute.  Consequences are only important if you get caught, and most people ignore the fact that they will ever get caught.

  • Eilonwy

     To win is to be the best, to place second or below is to be a “looser”, and its never about just playing the game, it is about conquering the game.

    Yes, I’m sure it was all about the “culture of winning” and had nothing to do with substantial financial prizes. 

    DWTS has quite a paradox going here. The show’s willing to cast tabloid train wrecks to retrieve its slumping ratings… but the tabloid train wrecks think themselves too good for the show.

  • jersey

    In my opinion, as someone who follows the sport to some degree (my husband is an avid cyclist and I dabble)  I believe 100% that it WAS about conquering the competition and ego, not the financial gain.  Even now, I think that Lance’s whole reason for “coming clean” is to garner some forgiveness.  Enough forgiveness that he will be allowed to compete in an ironman triathlon.  It’s what he has been training for and currently, he is banned from competition.  I think his ego needs for him to “be the best” at all costs.

  • hillstreetblooz

    Once you have lied under oath, lied to entire world for decades, lied to
    people who have cancer and look to you as some kind of archetype of
    survival, as well as to your loved ones and friends, you may be forgiven —>
    but you’ve lost the right to ever be believed.  Lance has chosen his life’s work – he’s a professional liar and a con man (small caps forever on the ‘man’).

    He still has $125 million in his bank account. Drain that swamp to
    repay the US Government in full for $40 million, the other sponsors who
    paid him for his lies, those whom he sued and won settlements, those
    whose lives he destroyed, and any money he received from Livestrong
    through the years. You don’t rob a bank, say sorry and keep the money. IMO Lance used
    Livestrong as his “get out of jail free” card. There are many groups who
    help cancer patients and if Livestrong isn’t willing to totally sever
    any and all affiliation with Lance’s fraud then they should be closed. Point. Blank. Period.

    Then let’s ensure he does some jail time for perpetrating a fraud worth
    over $500 million. He sold 80 million yellow bracelets because he
    cheated to do something he said he couldn’t have done without illegal
    actions and breaching contracts with sponsors, the public and his mother
    and young son. Maybe he should share a cell with Bernie Madoff.  It’s
    very easy for him to talk a good game of repentance with his super wealth intact.
    Let’s go after that and see he how he feels.

  • meyers77

    Would love to see him on there. Don’t love him, but to see him on there. But it’s way to early for that. Maybe in a couple years if he can rebuild his brand a little. He would take a beating now.  

  • Eilonwy

     It’s very easy for him to talk a good game of repentance with his super wealth intact. 

    That, and with shows like DWTS lining up to say “ooh, Lance, let’s make you even wealthier and MORE famous!”

    DWTS has moved beyond giving flashy train wrecks an additional 15 minutes of fame — a move that doesn’t float my stoat, but people like Lindsay Lohan are mostly self-harming and annoying, and it’s not like John Scalzi or Ben Bernanke are going to agree to devoting themselves to learning an effective paso doble. The more I think about actively trying to reward somebody who’s left the trail of destruction that Armstrong has, the more I see the Puppy Eating Moral Event Horizon looming.

  • JPA5JPA5

    Dwts sends to be desperate to get a controversial contestant to feed the media frenzy and try to prevent more declines in viewer ship… First Lindsay now this

  • IdolyEverAfter

    While I’m not necessarily on Lance’s “side”, he wasn’t the only one dirty.  If you follow cycling, you know that there have been entire teams removed from the tour for doping.  For many of the years Lance won, they aren’t replacing him as a winner, because too many of the cyclists have been found to have doped.  In cycling, it’s more news if someone didn’t dope, that was the culture.  I do believe Lance can be an as**ole, and he shouldn’t have kept lying.  But people do crazy things to protect themselves.  Alberto Contador still says he ate some tainted beef and that’s how he tested positive.  There was probably a better reason Contador could fly up those hills!  I’m not sure how I feel on the topic, because the all also train their asses off, they just got caught up in a culture that required many of them to go against their nature.

  • Katie’s Uvula

    He might use steroids on the show too and win that thru cheating *rim shot*

    It would be nice for DWTS to pick up some real good names instead of casting like 1 or 2 B-listers and a bunch of Z-listers.

  • N

    This is a little ridiculous.  He cheated by doping, so did many people.  His decision to intimidate people when he got caught to try to get people to believe he didn’t dope is the worst thing that he did.  He didn’t kill anyone.  He didn’t commit some kind of massive fraud.  He competed in a sport during an era where everyone was doping.  He won with doping like A-rod, Bonds, Clemens and countless others.  I’m sure many of the people who finished in second behind him in the 7 tours he won, were also doping.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “He didn’t commit some kind of massive fraud.”

    You’re joking, right?

  • Eilonwy

    He didn’t commit some kind of massive fraud. 

    Well, no, except for winning the Tour de France multiple times by cheating. That surely qualifies as at least an itsy-bitsy fraud.

    Then he covered his teeny-weeny, no-big-deal fraud by ruining the lives of honest people… which, if doping was really no big deal and not really fraudulent at all, seems like extremely OTT behavior.

    Other athletes’ behaving similarly doesn’t excuse this. I’m not on board for demanding that athletes be models of moral and ethical behavior in every aspect of life… but if they cannot manage to follow the rules of their own sport (the activity that is presumably their vocation and pays their bills), then in what area of life do they intend to apply an ethical standard other than “whatever makes me rich and famous!”?

    I also don’t expect DWTS to act as moral guardians for our society. However, DWTS’s choosing to further enrich people who’ve already lined their pockets by cheating at their own field strikes me as a worse (and fundamentally different) thing than DWTS’s enriching people who are popular for doing perfectly legal things that I find annoying (Bristol Palin, any random Kardashian). Earning a bundle by dancing on the teevee is not a form of atonement, and I don’t see why Armstrong’s reprehensible conduct requires yet more rewards.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol On 60 minutes, Travis Tygart is going to point out the lies that Lance Armstrong told Oprah.

    60 MINUTES
    SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013

    The Fall of Lance Armstrong – He confessed to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last week, but U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, says the evidence proves Lance Armstrong withheld the truth and lied to Winfrey on key issues. Tygart tells Scott Pelley that if the disgraced cyclist wants his lifetime ban lifted, he will have to tell all. Michael Radutzky, Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados are the producers.