Sequins and paso dobles aren’t for everyone.
On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter has unveiled a list of celebs who turned the opportunity to hoof it on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Over the years, the show has been rejected by the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Ann Coulter, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Erin Brockovich, and Richard Branson.
Facebook founder and the world’s youngest self-made billionaire Mark Zuckerberg was too busy “poking” fellow social networkers to cut a rug on TV. So was The Price Is Right host Drew Carey and self-professed “Fat Actress” Kirstie Alley.
There will be no politics to speak of on the dance floor, as former Secretary of State Condi Rice and conservative pundit Ann Coulter both declined to participate. And even Home Improvement’s Tim Allen, The Soup star Joel Hale, and former Three’s Company actress Suzanne Somers opted to hang on to their Wallflower status.
“We’ve approached a lot of people over the years,” says DWTS executive producer Conrad Green. “People say no for a variety of reasons. Some people like the show but think they suck at dancing. It’s a lot easier to say no than it is to say yes.”
But a soiree with reality TV can prove very lucrative for those who opt to show off their fancy footwork on the small screen. Each star earns $125,000 for agreeing to do the show, three weeks of rehearsal prior to the start and for the first two episodes, even if they are eliminated in the first week, The Reporter writes. After that, the amount increases per episode: $10,000 an episode for weeks three and four, $20,000 an episode for weeks five and six, $30,000 an episode for weeks seven and eight and $50,000 an episode for the final two weeks.