Dancing with the Stars partner Louis Van Amstel out because he’s too short or “a complete diva”

Dancing with the Stars celebrity partner Louis Van Amstel, who Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch calls “a somewhat polarizing Dancing With the Stars fixture,” will not be a dance partner during the series’ fourth season.

He wrote on his blog because “by sheer chance, all the female celebrities are 5′ 9” or taller. Since I am 5′ 8”, I am unlucky this season.” He says he will “be very involved in the results show as a professional dancer and will have my hand in lots of choreography work. … I’ll also be supporting all the couples in spirit and if they need help I’ll be there.”

However, as Entertainment Weekly notes, Access Hollywood cites an unnamed “inside source” who says “Van Amstel was not asked back not because of a height issue but because he had turned into a complete diva during the recent tour. Van Amstel was the tour’s choreographer and is said to have been angry that he had to share those responsibilities with judge, Carrie Ann Inaba who is herself a choreographer. Louis and Carrie Ann apparently butted heads the entire time and dancers on the tour are said to have been seen crying and threatening to quit under Van Amstel’s tutelage.”

Van Amstel previously danced with Trista Rehn, Lisa Rinna, and Monique Coleman.

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