Producers of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars have put the kibosh on plans to feature the show’s first same-sex couple after actress Portia de Rossi turned down the chance to appear on the ballroom dance competition.
The former Ally McBeal star, who is married to comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, recently said that she would consider taking part in the competition after learning the DWTS bosses were interested in having her dance opposite a professional female on the show’s upcoming 12th season, but De Rossi has since decided against the idea and rejected a formal offer from Dancing With the Stars. her rep told E! News on Wednesday.
“Yes, she was asked but she declined,”
Since Portia was the only member of the LGBTQ community that Dancing producers found “neutral” enough to compete without upsetting conservatives and the anti-gay establishment, the show has shelved the idea for a same-sex pairing in the ballroom….for now.
“If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal,” according to an ABC insider, who asked not to be identified. “She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program’s conservative viewers.”
One of Hollywood’s leading casting directors agrees: “With all the debate going on about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the country, this would have been the perfect time to do this. Yet, the show has never been about pushing the envelope. It’s a huge hit because it doesn’t make anyone uncomfortable.”