Vincent Pastore quits Dancing with the Stars because it was too “physically demanding”

With less than three weeks to go before the debut of Dancing with the Stars 4, one of its stars has quit. Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore dropped out because the training for the competition was too “physically demanding,” he said.

An ABC rep told the AP said he’d be replaced by the end of this week: “We do plan to announce a replacement, and we hope to do that by the end of the week,” the rep told the AP.

In a statement, Pastore explained his decision:

“When I initially committed to joining ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ I didn’t realize just how physically demanding it would be for me. Unable to put forth my best effort, I felt it appropriate to step aside and give someone else the opportunity. I’d like to thank ABC and the show’s producers for inviting me to participate. I wish my partner, Edyta, and the other dancers the best of luck.”

Conrad Green, the show’s executive producer, said in the statement, “We’re sad that Vincent felt he was unable to continue in the competition, as he would have been great on the show. But we appreciate him standing aside now rather than having to withdraw later. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is physically demanding, and it pays to know your limits. We respect his decision.”

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Vincent Pastore Withdraws from “Dancing with the Stars” [ABC press release]

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