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While ABC has frequently had political contestants on Dancing with the Stars, the network failed to bring in Ann Romney, the wife of former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Sources close to the show told TMZ that Romney, who often made speeches during the campaign to show the human side of her husband, was “very interested” in joining the show after Mitt lost. She had actually attended the latest season finale and is a big fan of the show.
However, after several meetings, the two sides ultimately could not reach an agreement.
“Ann Romney was approached, but she declined. She will not be appearing on Dancing with the Stars,” a rep for Romney told TMZ.
As The Huffington Post notes, Romney suffers from MS, which she has battled for 14 years.
“I was very, very weak and very much worried about my life, thinking I was going to be in a wheelchair as well,” Romney said about the diagnosis in October. “Turned to horses, my life has been dramatically different. They gave me the energy, the passion to get out of bed when I was so sick that I didn't think I'd ever want to get out of bed.”
ABC will have to hope that other big name stars are interested in joining DWTS, which starts again in March. This past season, the network tried an All-Star approach, which failed to draw ratings.
“Turns out people want to see bad dancing as much as they want to see good dancing,” ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee told the media last week.