Cheryl Burke: Taking Over for Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms!
Lifetime has found a pretty big name to replace Abby Lee Miller as host of Dance Moms.
As previously announced, by Miller herself, the long-time reality show will look very different on Season 8.
Following an especially tumultuous run of episodes, along with serious turmoil in her personal life, Miller cursed off producers and resigned as host of the series on Monday morning.
But the series had already been picked up for an eighth season and the network has been adamant that it will simply move on without Miller.
According to a follow-up report by Entertainment Tonight, celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson was brought in as an emergency replacement at the outset of Season 8 after Miller abruptly left right before filming began.
Gibson will not be the permanent host, however.
This same news outlet has confirmed that Cheryl Burke will take over to close out the final four Season 8 episodes.
Burke, of course is best known for having been a professional Dancing with the Stars contestant for 19 seasons.
She is not competing on the ABC program this spring, however.
Without delving into specifics on Instagram, Miller WENT OFF on Dance Moms and those behind the camera this week.
It was an epic social media rant, one filled with many capital letters to represent her angry mood at the time.
“The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement: I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS,” Miller wrote.
She went on to sort of explain:
FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING – TO NO AVAIL!
I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people’s children successful!
I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED – DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT!
It had been previously reported that Miller often clashed with producers over such issues as costumes and budget on the show.
She also has been clashing with the U.S. legal system for years, entering a plea of guilty last year to multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud.
After filing for Chapter 11, Miller admits that she hid assets from the government, most notably a six-figure salary she earned as host of two Lifetime show.
She hasn’t exactly expressed much remorse over these illegal actions, though, even joking to ET that she could use a little “vacation” after all she’s suffered through.
The reality star doesn’t seem like a very nice person.
An ET source tells the site that Miller has been “spiraling” of late and “making decisions that most people would think are not smart.”
Quitting a show that paid her a lot of money, just as she’s maybe about to go to jail and lose all her income, is likely a good example.
Miller was originally scheduled to be sentenced for her financial crimes on February 24.
However, that hearing has been pushed back, probably until May, according to multiple insiders.
Are you sad to see Miller leave Dance Moms? Do you think Burke is a quality replacement?
Will you be tuning in to Season 8?
Or, in your mind, is Dance Moms simply an Abby Lee Miller vehicle and there’s no point in watching if she isn’t involved?