John McCain confirms Cindy McCain rejected Dancing with the Stars 8

John McCain confirmed that his wife Cindy McCain rejected an offer to appear on Dancing with the Stars 8.

Last week, Page Six cited an anonymous source who said that “Just before Thanksgiving, Cindy McCain started talks with producers to appear as a dancer on the show. She wanted to do it very badly” but John McCain “put the kibosh on it.”

Appearing on Larry King Live last night, John McCain confirmed that they “discussed” her participation on the show, which suggests producers offered her a spot, but he has extremely weak rationale for why Cindy, who’s 54, didn’t do the show.

“Well, we discussed it and we — but we decided it just was not a good idea. You know, Cindy’s on her second knee. She’s had it replaced,” McCain said. “And I think it would have been — it would have been very challenging. But I’m proud of her work and charity around the world, Operation Smile, a number of other organizations — humanitarian efforts that she’s involved in and is continuing to be involved in,” he said.

Interview with John McCain [CNN]
No Dancing [New York Post]

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