Lance Bass Said Gay Dancing With The Stars Partners Would Be ‘Silly.’ Is Portia DeGeneres Gonna Prove Him Wrong?
Israel beat America’s Dancing With The Stars to featuring a same-sex couple, but next season could be our year! And you might find yourself rooting for a one Portia DeGeneres.
The actress, currently on a media tour about eating disorders (oh, and her book Unbearable Lightness), hinted on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that she’s been approached by DWTS producers about appearing on the reality competition. With a lady!
The show is “planning to feature a same-sex couple. You’re at the top of the list,” said Ryan, to which Portia responded, “Goodness, you really do break news. … I’m not gonna pass, let me think about it. I used to be a ballet dancer, it’s not completely a pass. You never know.”
Apparently it took two years for the U.S. DWTS to come around on same-sex pairings: Back in 2008, judge Cheryl Burke said, “I don’t think America is ready to watch two men dancing.” Which might still be true: Producers could be looking only for two women — easier for straight male audiences, or whatever — to ease into things.
Just be careful, Portia: Lance Bass — who said the idea of a same-sex pairing on the show “would be so silly” and “would just be like making fun of something” — says appearing on the show in 2008 destroyed his relationship. Do not make The Ellen angry.