Because of course. Ryan Lochte is still competing on the current "Dancing With the Stars" Season 23, and ABC reportedly hopes for a similar controversial casting coup to land Billy Bush next spring.
An "insider" told Page Six that DWTS has already started courting the (soon-to-be former?) "Today" show star for Season 24, which premieres in the spring of 2017. "It comes in March," the source said. "That's far enough away. Everybody goes on to do the apology tour. It's ironic there is Ryan Lochte on, who he started this controversy with when he started with 'Today.'"
This summer, Billy Bush got into a tiff with Al Roker over Ryan Lochte, after Bush started to defend the Olympian -- who had lied to Bush in his initial interview -- and Roker shut that down. Then the infamous 2005 tapes came out, with Billy Bush laughing on the "Access Hollywood" bus as Donald Trump confessed to lewd behavior.
Bush only recently left "Access" for "Today," but while on "Access" he regularly interviewed DWTS pairs during the seasons. So it wouldn't be out of his element to join the show, even if many DWTS fans are tired of damage control castings. (Not only do DWTS stars get the support of the DWTS crew, pros, and fans, they each get six-figure paychecks just for signing on.) Why can't we just get more positive castings -- like Alek Skarlatos, Bindi Irwin, and J.R. Martinez?
Of course, if ABC and DWTS really want to court controversy they could throw money at Donald Trump to try to get him to dance next spring ... if he isn't busy as POTUS.
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