DANCING with the Stars fans fear season 32 will be delayed after a contestant is eliminated from the competition and ABC makes a cryptic announcement.
A fan took to X, formerly Twitter, to speculate about recent events surrounding the televised celebrity dance competition.
The fan tweeted: “Unless Iger breaks away from the AMPTP and does a separate deal, I don’t see that happening.” #DWTS be on air until it’s over.
The ongoing strikes at the Writer’s Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild are the reason two-time Emmy nominee Matt Walsh is putting his participation on season 32 of DWTS on hold.
“I’m taking a break from Dancing with the Stars until an agreement is reached with the WGA,” the actor revealed deadline.
He continued, “I was excited to join the show and did so under the impression that it was not a WGA show and fell under a different agreement.”
“When I was informed this morning by my union, the WGA, that this was strike work, I walked out of my rehearsal. I have stood and will always stand with my union members at the WGA, SAG and DGA.”
Matt, who is a member of SAG-AFTRA and WGA, said he is sensitive to the workers affected by the strike.
The comedian ended his statement by saying that he hopes to one day work again with those he has met so far on “Dancing with the Stars.”
For the upcoming season, he was originally dating professional dancer Koko Iwasaki.
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Prior to the announcement, Matt, known for his role on HBO’s hit series Veep, faced the difficult decision between his loyalty to the WGA and his commitment to appear on the series.
Less than a week after Dancing With the Stars’ celebrity cast was announced, fans took to Reddit to share their thoughts, with one of them noting Matt’s unique predicament.
The commenter shared a tweet that said, “One of the stars @mrmattwalsh who is one of my idols is in a really tough situation. He is also a WGA writer. So as a member he has to cross our picket lines to get there.” work.
“Again, he probably doesn’t even know! Most people think reality shows are not WGA but #DWTSisWGA.”
The Reddit user captioned his thread: “Oh wow… do you all think he might get out? I would imagine so.” [bad] for Koko [Iwasaki]Even though he probably won’t go far in the series, she seems to be having a lot of fun with him.
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The ABC show also postponed the date of its season premiere due to the WGA strike deadline.
The new season was originally scheduled to air on September 26th at 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, WGA pickets were seen around the DWTS rehearsal room, specifically targeting Matt and other celebrity contestants – including actors Mira Sorvino and Alyson Hannigan, who could follow suit.
While DWTS is largely unscripted, the ABC show typically employs a writer from its large team to create talking points for the show’s hosts.
The channel is currently working on its new rollout plan for the 32nd season of the hit series.
Despite opposition from the WGA, DWTS had previously intended to maintain its adjusted premiere date of Tuesday, September 26.
This would have been the first time the show would have aired on Tuesdays instead of Mondays.
The WGA is on strike, and has been for some time now, forcing many shows to halt production due to a writer shortage.
diversity However, DWTS reported that it employs more than 500 people and only one writer.
A source told the network that DWTS “will operate in accordance with Sag Aftra rules and a key focus will be to not put talent in a difficult position as many Season 32 cast members are part of the Actors Guild.”
Matt and his celebrity co-star Alyson Hannigan are both Sag Aftra members.
Jamie Lynn Spears, Barry Williams, Mira Sorvino, Ariana Madix and Xochitl Gomez are also part of the Sag Union.
“Everyone is focused on employing 500 people,” a source close to production told Variety.
They added that the writer, who only works with the show’s hosts, will return to work after the strike ends.
DWTS continued to air during the last writers’ strike in 2007 and 2008.