Tony Dovolani Left Because He Didn’t Want to ‘Babysit’ Reality Stars


This is awkward. Former Dancing With the Stars professional dancer Tony Dovolani opened up in a new interview about the real reason he departed from the popular dancing competition. And the truth his, he decided to exit the show because he didn’t want to “babysit.”

“When I decided to quit, nothing major happened. It was just a build up of things where I just said, ‘I didn’t sign up for this,’” Tony told Hollywood Life. “For babysitting, maybe, a little bit. Some of these celebrities, or reality celebrities, I should say, they sometimes… they have an idea of what they think they are and who they are, and they didn’t realize that I wasn’t there to deal with them. I was there to teach them how to dance. So, when it becomes about other than teaching them how to dance, I want no part of it.”

He added, “For me, it’s like when it comes to reality stars, I mean the word itself explains it: reality star. Which means that you’re an interesting individual, character maybe… like the villain or somebody that you like. For me, I respect talent. I respect hard work.”

However, Tony isn’t ruling out the possibility of a return to the show one day. In a recent exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, he opened up about coming back. “That door will never close for me because Dancing With the Stars has meant so much to me and my family in general — but now that, [I don’t think there’s a] spring show, and if they do it once a year it might be a possibility,” he said. “For me, it was very difficult having three kids, for me to be away six months a year. If that ends up happening, and they are interested in me going back, I would be more than happy to do it.”

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.

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