“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller‘s decade reign at Lifetime has ended. The network has reportedly cut all ties with the famous choreographer after a dance mom accused her of being a “racist” and exposed shocking comments allegedly made by the 53-year-old. According to Deadline, Lifetime has decided to pull the plug on Abby Lee Miller’s new competition reality series, “Abby’s Virtual Dance-Off,” and will not allow the dance coach to return to “Dance Moms” if the hit series is renewed for a ninth season.
The reality star’s past behavior was exposed by Adriana Smith, whose daughter, Kamryn, danced on Abby Lee Miller’s competition team last season. In a revealing Instagram post, Smith accused the star of being a “racist,” and gave plenty of examples. “A statement from her that sticks in my mind to this day during my time on DMS8 is, ‘I know you grew up in the HOOD with only a box of 8 crayons, but I grew up in the country club with a box of 64 — don’t be stupid,'” was reportedly one of them.
She also alleged that Abby Lee Miller told her, “‘Do you want me to tell you why you are really here?'” with the answer being, “You told me to ‘LOOK in the MIRROR! That’s the only reason you are here!'” After the allegations made their rounds, the “Dance Moms” coach took to social media and apologized for her behavior. Taking responsibility for her actions, Abby Lee Miller said she “deeply regret how my words have effected [sic] and hurt those around me in the past, particularly those in the Black community.”
“To Kamryn, Adriana, and anyone else I’ve hurt, I am truly sorry. I realize that racism can not just come from hate, but also from ignorance. No matter the cause, it is harmful, and it is my fault,” she added while promising to do better. But her apology didn’t go over well with Smith, who shot down her attempt at saying sorry. Reposting Abby Lee Miller’s apology, Smith wrote, “❌❌⁉️‼️?At this time, I do not accept Abby’s apology because her apology was not sincere.”
Saying that she and her daughter, Kamryn, had yet to hear from the dance coach directly, Smith added, “Moreover, she didn’t even bother to tag me or Kamryn in her post. How else would we know she apologized? My friends and peers informed me of the apology. How sincere could it be?! What happened to a phone call or at least a personal direct message?” Abby Lee Miller became a household name when “Dance Moms” aired on Lifetime in 2011.