In what should only come as a mild shock to anyone who’s been following Abby Lee Miller‘s recent legal battles, the star of Lifetime’s Dance Moms has formally announced her departure from the long-running reality series.
“I will no longer take part in Dance Moms,” Miller wrote late Sunday night on Instagram. “For the past six years/seven seasons, I have asked, begged and even demanded creative credit for all the ideas, award-winning routines, themes and costuming to no avail … I just have a problem with being manipulated, disrespected and used — day in and day out — by men who never took a dance lesson in their lives and tread women like dirt.”
It should be noted that the above quote was slightly edited for clarity. You can read MILLER’S FULL, CAPS-LOCKED STATEMENT below:
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The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement: I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING – TO NO AVAIL! TODAY, I WAS SO PROUD THAT I WENT AGAINST THE PRODUCER'S IDEA (ONCE AGAIN) TO ENTER A COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NUMBERS… "WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE?" ALONG WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL SOLOS! I don't have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful! I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED – DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT! #dancemoms #season7 #ALDC #aldcalways #newbeginnings #aldcla #alllovedancecourage
Of course, even if Miller decided not to part ways with the show — which follows the exploits of the Abby Lee Dance Company, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. — it’s entirely possible she’d still be unavailable for future tapings. She’s expected back in court in May for a hearing which could result in her being sentenced to more than two years in prison for fraud.
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