DWTS is looking for a same-sex couple, Ryan Seacrest says; judge insists show is ready

Israel’s version of Dancing with the Stars currently has a same-sex couple, and the US version might soon have one, too. Portia de Rossi, who’s married to Ellen DeGeneres, is apparently being considered as the star half of the same-sex couple. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba says it’s time for the ABC version to have one, too. Although the show has had openly gay contestants such as Lance Bass and has openly gay pros like Louis Van Amstel, it has yet to pair two men or two women.

On Ryan Seacrest’s radio show today, Ryan told Portia, “They’re planning to feature a same-sex couple. You’re at the top of the list.” Portia replied in a way that suggests this is something she’s been discussing with producers: “Goodness, you really do break news,” she said, according to E! Online.

In response to that, judge Carrie Ann Inaba told People, “I would love it. I fully support that and I think America is ready for that. Our country is much more accepting of same sex couples and it would be great for the show to reflect that.”

In Israel, on Rokdim Im Kokhavim, lesbian TV personality Gili Shem Tov is dancing with Dorit Milman, making them the first same-sex couple to appear on the franchise anywhere in the world. They discussed that during a press conference, and explained why it isn’t a big deal.

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