Looks like ABC’s Dancing with the Stars dodged a bullet: EW has learned there was serious talk about having Juan Pablo Galavis — aka the man many are calling the worst Bachelor ever — compete in the new season that kicks off Monday.
During Monday’s episode of After the Rose, Galavis seemed to indicate that he had something big planned since choosing Nikki Ferrell in the season 18 finale. He then spoke of a “drastic change” to his plans but wouldn’t elaborate.
One key insider told EW that DWTS wanted to include Galavis in this season’s cast, which includes Drew Carey, NeNe Leakes, Candace Cameron and Danica McKellar, but it was quietly nixed. Spokesmen for DWTS and Warner Bros. TV, which produces the Bachelor franchise, declined to comment but it seems likely they saw Galavis as a continued liability, especially given his homophobic comments from earlier this season. Just last week, he used a derogatory term about the developmentally disabled in a tweet, which he later deleted.
Galavis has often blamed the language barrier as an excuse for his questionable choice of words.
Several participants from the Bachelor franchise has participated on DWTS in the past with great success. Melissa Rycroft, for example, was the champion of the all-star edition in 2012, while Bachelor Sean Lowe competed in season 16 last year.