Turns out some of them have a little dignity after all.
reminds me of the time I worked in cable TV and we wanted to license
the song, "Burning Down The House," (the Tom Jones remake) as the theme
for a crappy new reality series. When you license a cover, you have to
get permission from (and pay big bucks to) both the cover artist and the
original song composers. It took the lawyers a while to get in touch
with Tom Jones, but when they did, he said sure, great, I'll take your
30K, old boy. We weren't quite so lucky with the Talking Heads--their
answer was something to the effect of "Go fuck yourselves."
When he heard this, my witty friend Spinderfella said, "Damn those Talking Heads! How dare they have artistic integrity?!"
Here are the people who politely told DWTS to shove it, and why they did (when known).
Jamie Lee Curtis
- “My family commitments are such that I wouldn't have the time for
it...but it definitely made me go, 'Hmmm.' It was fun to think about
- “You could back up a truck to my door filled with cash and I wouldn’t
do it.” Having once attended a taping of the show to cheer on friend
and former contestant Marlee Matlin, Beals was overwhelmed by the
experience. “The noise level is so intense and people’s excitement level
is so intense. I could never.” She even joked with Matlin, who is deaf,
“You don’t know how lucky you are you can’t hear this.”
Betty White - probably doesn't want to fall and break her hip
- despite being a fixture on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the 56-year-old O
magazine editor-in-chief doesn’t mince words when it comes to her
appearing on national television in her dancing shoes. “I think it's
good to keep my public humiliation to a minimum. I would never want to
embarrass my children ever...or myself! I can't dance.”
Subway pitchman Jared Fogel
Kathy Griffin - she claimed to have fired her agent over the mere suggestion
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Dan Quayle - the former VP was in final negotiations when he got cold feet and dropped out.
Virgin CEO Richard Branson
Reverend Al Sharpton
- has been wooed by producers for many seasons, but he has never
agreed to put on his dancing shoes. He says it’s not for lack of talent,
though: “I’ve got moves...I’d blow ’em out! There would be no chance
for anybody to touch me!”
And one star who wants to be on the show but can't get them to return her call:
"According to show's casting source, Melanie Griffith tries and fails to appear on 'DWTS' every year." (CBS News)