Derek Hough, Mark Ballas threaten to leave Dancing with the Stars

Three of the mainstay professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars may leave the show, or they may just be trying some not-so-subtle collective bargaining.

After Julianne Hough (once again) said she won’t be back for the show’s ninth season this fall, her brother Derek Hough told E!’s Marc Malkin, “Mark and I might not be back, either. We have other things going on.” They’re in a band together, Ballas Hough Band, which has a new record, bhb, and Mark said, “There’s a bunch of stuff on the table right now, and we’re going on tour this summer.” One thing on Derek’s table: he also said he’s “met with the people” casting the new Footloose film.

Anyway, referring to his sister, Mark, and himself leaving the reality show, Derek also said, “We’ve got to see what happens. But it would be crazy, all three of us…leaving at the same time.”

Yes, crazy, like threatening to leave to, say, hypothetically increase your bargaining power and future salaries, and then returning eventually?

Derek Hough & Mark Ballas Leaving Dancing With the Stars? and [E! Online]

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