Sara Evans quits Dancing with the Stars 3

Sara Evans, Dancing with the Stars 3 contestant and country singer, “has decided to quit the popular reality series effective immediately,” Us Weekly reports.

She’s leaving because, a source tells the magazine, “She is in the middle of a nasty divorce and it is too much for her to keep going.” “an ABC rep declined comment,” and when the spokespeople don’t want to do their jobs and speak, that usually means the answer to your questions is “yes.”

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba had apparently not heard the news when Us Weekly contacted her, and she said she was disappointed. “If it is true, it is too bad because dance has a really healing quality to it as well, and I think the family of DWTS could be a great support system for her. I watch them care for each other and sometimes it is good to be around people who care about you and I think that would be good for her. But she has to take care of herself and take care of her life, and I’m sure she is making a good decision for herself. We will all support her.”

US EXCLUSIVE: Sara Evans Quits Dancing with the Stars [US Weekly]

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