Abby Lee Miller was on Entertainment Tonight this week and had extensive segments where she gave us a lot of information the behind the scenes war on Dance Moms. She says that she lost her weight because her mother died of colon cancer and would not eat toward the end. So when she was with her mother she did not want to eat in front of her. Which is a great theory, but her mother died in 2014, and production has made a point of her binge eating throughout season four and five. She also blame new diabetes medication for making her violently ill. Yet clearly, production has been going after her during filming showing all of her breakdowns in the car with bags of fast food. So, I am not believing she just suddenly dropped four or more dress sizes without some surgery. Why do people lie about weight loss surgery? Abby says she no longer is limited to plus sized stores to do her shopping.
Abby says that production threw her out of a competition later this season when the mothers kept going after her about their kids getting back to their regular classes. She said she left and didn’t return for a week or so. She says if they think they can do the show without her, she will let them. I have a feeling that is what was going on in LA when she disappeared as well. Either she was fighting production, or she was getting her gastric by-pass. Maybe the stuff down in the car was her last meal before the surgery?
Abby says for the first three seasons she fought with production about keeping the girls in their regular dance classes. She says production was more focused on the moms but the girls and the dancing took over. Abby says she has no creative input on the show and wants it for season six. If there is a season six. She says that Lifetime is behind on her paychecks and all of that will need to be up to speed before she entertains a contract for season six.
Abby also blames production for her lack of students at the Pittsburgh studio. She say many of her regular students left during the first few seasons when the crew would step all over the kids back packs and push them out of the way to film. They have never been respectful of her studio or her students. So while people may think she has more students than ever, she actually has fewer than she began with.
Abby said that she wants creative control because production doesn’t understand that their audience is young girls who tune in for the dancing and she wants less drama between the mothers and between the mothers and Abby. She implies that is what production wants to promote, while she wants to promote the dances.
Abby says she is not sure that all the girls will be returning for season six. She says she doubts they all will. Nia has responded to fans saying that she will always be part of ALDC and has no plans to leave. I don’t see any of the current crew deciding not to return, except possibly for Kalani. Kira just got married and may not want to be away from her husband (and her forgotten son) in LA all season. Unless she already lives there. I forget where she lives, I think it is Colorado.
They second part of Dance Moms Season 5 returns this Tuesday, June 9th at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.