Producers reportedly “concerned” Cloris Leachman has made Dancing “a big joke”

Cloris Leachman, who was the single best thing about Dancing with the Stars 7, has allegedly ticked off the show’s producers, co-host, and competitors for stealing the show.

The Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker quotes an anonymous source–”a staffer who has been with ‘Dancing With the Stars’ since the beginning”–who says that “‘We thought it would be fun to have Cloris on … and expected her to maybe make it through one or two weeks. But now it’s gone from people being amused — similar to the way it was with Jerry Springer — to being downright concerned.”

Samantha Harris is reportedly unhappy; she is allegedly “sick and tired” of Cloris’ “attempts to dominate everything. After we were off the air, Samantha, Susan and a lot of others were saying they had had it with Cloris,” the source told Zwecker. Staff members even “joked it must be a whole lot of CBS, NBC and Fox executives getting everyone they know to vote for Cloris — to try and wreck the show.”

Anonymous sources should rarely be taken seriously, but that’s especially true when they say bullshit like this: “It’s all about her obnoxious schtick. … There are deep concerns that people are going to tune out, thinking this has become a big joke and not the serious though entertaining dance competition it’s supposed to be.”

Serious dance competition? Please. While it’s true that Cloris’ shtick has become a bit, she still injects life into a show that desperately needs that. There’s some great dancing, sure, but beyond that, what else is there that’s new and entertaining? Cody Linley’s desperate mugging for the camera? Internet research every week to try to figure out the difference between Brooke Burke and Brooke Burns? The faux drama presented every single week in every single rehearsal package?

Before reading this piece, I was ready to say that it’s time for Cloris to go out while she’s still on top, but if she really is pissing everyone off, that’s excellent incentive to keep her around forever and ever.

Sick of Cloris’ shtick [Chicago Sun-Times]

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