He’s not winning a mirror ball trophy anytime soon. Charlie Sheen was set to making his dancing debut on season 28 of Dancing With the Stars, but decided center stage wasn’t for him. The 54-year-old was even scheduled to practice with pro Cheryl Burke before making his exit, he told Us Weekly.
“I was very flattered by ABC and their offer, but at the end of the day, I have two left feet and I just can’t dance,” Charlie said to the outlet. Sources say that the actor’s presence on the show was part of a bigger plan for ABC. “When there is a big star like that, they will get some sort of deal for a pilot with ABC,” a source told Us. “ABC made a very generous offer” for a pilot series, “it was contingent upon his participation on Dancing With the Stars,” Charlie’s publicist later confirmed.
Although Cheryl, 35, may have lost Charlie on the dance floor, she found another partner in former NFL player Ray Lewis. The pair ended but in the bottom two on the Monday, September 23, live show. Luckily, they made it through to the next round.
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Cheryl said that since she and Ray got to practice a week later due to Charlie’s exit, in addition to both suffering from injuries, their road has been “tough” from the start. “We had less time with rehearsals [and] we just needed to focus on one dance at a time,” she told Us. “If we had that extra week, we would have already probably been done with this dance. For me, I’m going to be able to at least assess if Ray can do this turnaround. One day, learn a routine. The next day, learn it to music and then work technique.”
Charlie wasn’t the only star to drop out of the competition. Christie Brinkley suffered a injury during rehearsal and had to leave the show. The 65-year-old’s daughter Sailor Cook-Brinkley stepped in to fill her shoes, which stirred up some controversy. Wendy Willams alleged that her injury was “fake as hell,” and a ploy to get her daughter more exposure. The model has since denied the claim. As for if Charlie has two left feet, the jury is still out on that.
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