Just days before the scheduled debut of “Dancing with the Stars” season 32, one contestant announced he is stepping back from the competition.
Actor and comedian Matt Walsh is partnered with DWTS professional dancer Koko Iwasaki for season 32. Walsh is known for his work in television shows such as “Veep” and “Reno 911!” as well as movies such as “The Hangover” and “Into the Storm,” details his IMDb page. He also has a number of writing credits to his name and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Here’s what you need to know:
Matt Walsh Walked Out of a Rehearsal
On September 21, Walsh took to his Instagram Stories to explain his decision. “I am taking a pause from Dancing with the Stars until an agreement is made with the WGA,” he wrote.
“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.”
As Variety detailed, “Dancing with the Stars” is impacted by the strike because it usually includes one WGA writer.
In recent days, buzz over the WGA strike impacting the September 26 premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” started gaining traction. Show insiders had previously insisted the premiere would happen as scheduled.
Sources told Variety, though, that some participants are now struggling with the idea of participating while the strike continues. Walsh was the first to make an official announcement about stepping back from “Dancing with the Stars,” but fans suspect he may not be the last.
Many DWTS Fans Support Walsh & Worry More Performers Will Leave the Show
In his Instagram Story announcement, Walsh explained, “This morning when I was informed by my union, the WGA, that it is considered struck work I walked out of my rehearsal.” He added, “I have been and will always stand with my union members of the WGA, SAG and DGA. Beyond our union artists, I am sensitive to the many people impacted by the strike.”
He wrote that he hopes “for a speedy and fair resolution, and to one day work again with all the wonderful people I met at DWTS who tolerated my dancing.”
The “Dancing with the Stars” subreddit immediately had people buzzing. Some fans on Reddit wondered which other season 32 contestants might follow Walsh’s lead.
While Hannigan is a member of SAG-AFTRA but not WGA, one Redditor pointed out, “SAG-AFTRA is standing in solidarity with WGA, which historically unions do, so they’re asking folks like Alyson, Mira, Derek [Hough], Alfonso [Ribeiro] to not cross their picket line.”
“Bummer, I was really looking forward to this team, but he’s doing the right thing,” read another Redditor’s comment regarding Walsh’s decision.