“No, there’s no truth to that. I have no idea where that rumor got started,” a source close to Dancing With the Stars told Variety, referring to recent tabloid reports that say Jackson is in the midst of negotiations to compete on the show next season.
The source that ABC has “certainly taken meetings with people from the franchise — it’s usually always leads, and that doesn’t mean it has to be, but there’s no truth to the DeMario thing.”
Variety’s ABC source said the network is not likely to cast anyone from the Bachelor franchise for the fall season.
“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 far as Sean Spicer is concerned, ABC had been eyeing the former White House press secretary, but he will not be joining DWTS this season. According to the source, plans to cast him fell apart this past weekend and it “doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.”
Would ABC consider casting Spicer’s short-lived successor Anthony Scaramucci?
“My gosh. By the time the show premieres, who knows how many other communications directors we’ll have gone through,” said the source jokingly adding, “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!’”
The network, however, is “really happy” about who has signed on so far…I think it’s going to be a really warm cast — really fun and a lot of great dance ability.”
I saw some speculation on twitter about ABC casting an American Idol alum to tie in with the upcoming 2018 reboot. Remember, DWTS cast Kellie Pickler a few seasons ago, and she managed to win the whole thing. Who knows…maybe an Idol alum could take it all again, while promoting the upcoming reboot. Win win!