• Kristyn Burtt

Another 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 28 Casting Secret Is Revealed

Updated: Mar 8




A few weeks ago, it was revealed that Charlie Sheen was in the Season 28 cast of Dancing With the Stars. He was even paired with pro Cheryl Burke before he dropped out because he has "two left feet."


With the season chugging along with an enthusiastic cast and a few contestants who are emerging as front-runners, another celebrity revealed that he considered doing Season 28. This particular star was someone we spoke to in the past about the show and his answer was always, "no." Who is that celebrity? Ross Matthews.


At the RuPaul's Drag Race panel at Paley Fest in Los Angeles in March, Matthews admitted he had never been asked by co-executive producer Deena Katz to do the show.


"There have only been 28 seasons, maybe they will finally ask me," he laughed.


DWTS alum Carson Kressley was there with him on the red carpet and he was shocked that the TV personality was not on the show's list.


"I find that hard to believe," Kressley said to Matthews. "It's the same woman [Deena Katz] who does Big Brother."


In just a few short months, Matthews was singing a different tune about DWTS at the Television Academy's Performers Nominee Reception in September. He shared that he was finally contacted by the show for Season 28.

"I'm not going to say there weren't discussions about it, but I didn't do it this year," Matthews said to Red Carpet Report.


When pressed as to where he would consider doing Season 29, he kept the door open.

"My number's the same," he said nonchalantly. "They can call me. We will see."


One thing that was on his mind, though, was the casting of a political figure. He seemed relieved not to have to grapple with the conflicting views of Sean Spicer in Season 28 and the wardrobe choices given to the former White House Press Secretary.


"Watching Sean Spicer, I was sort of like...phew," Matthews laughed as he jokingly wiped his brow. "I dodged a bullet. I would not have worn that either, he looked like a weather green screen. There was a cold front moving in on Sean Spicer."


Matthews’ worry about wardrobe was also an interesting comment given the news this week that creative control for music, costumes and concept ideas is no longer controlled by the pros anymore, the new creative producing team is in charge of that. Burke revealed it in her Us Weekly blog and Sharna spoke about on Bobby Bones' podcast.


Wardrobe concerns aside, Matthews admitted he did have a change of heart over the last few months when it comes to competing on DWTS.


"I don't know. I wasn't open to it until we started talking about it. Then I started thinking about could do it and what would that be. I'm turning 40 next week and so the idea of doing something scary really appeals to me because I kind of don't care anymore," Matthews confided. "Once you hit that milestone, you take a bit more risks, I think. I became risk-averse in my 30's and now I am back. Back to risky."


It sounds like he has a spin on the DWTS ballroom floor in his future, just no lime-green ruffled shirt, please.

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