Santos has been expelled from Congress, but that doesn't mean he's headed to the ballroom.
While Dancing With the Stars is no stranger to casting disgraced former politicians, the dance competition isn't currently eyeing adding another to their line-up.
EW has learned that the ABC series has not discussed the possibility of casting former U.S. representative George Santos in 2024's season 33. Santos, who was expelled from Congress on Friday, has expressed an interest in seeking a slot on the reality show at some point. "Today, I would not do Dancing With the Stars," said Santos one day before being expelled by Congress, before then leaving open about the possibly of competing for the Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy. "Maybe in the future." But while Santos may be entertaining the idea, producers at this point are not .
The former congressman from New York had a short, if somewhat dazzling career since he was elected in 2022. From the time he was elected, journalists found evidence of Santos' head-spinning amount of falsehoods, including claims of a brain tumor that required radiation treatment, the claim that his mother died as a result of the events of 9/11, and the claim that he was a producer of Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. His propensity for biographical falsities made him a favorite of satirists, including comedian Bowen Yang who impersonated Santos on Saturday Night Live.
Two-thirds of the chamber voted for Santos' expulsion, a resolution brought to Congress by Ethics Committee Chair Michael Guest. Santos is only the third member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War. His expulsion came on the heels of a 56-page ethics report that included a litany of Santos' alleged wrongdoings, including fraud, money laundering, and theft.
If Santos were ultimately cast on Dancing With the Stars, he wouldn't be the first political figure with a dubious public record to appear on the show. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared on season 28 of the show, a move which drew outrage from many viewers and ultimately spurred the exit of longtime host Tom Bergeron. Spicer was partnered with Lindsay Arnold and came in sixth.
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