Bill Clinton turned down Dancing with the Stars

Former president Bill Clinton said he turned down an offer to appear on Dancing with the Stars, but only because he didn’t have time.

On Rachael Ray’s talk show Tuesday, responding to an audience member’s question, he said, “They contacted me once about this, and I told them I didn’t have the time to train for it–you know, you actually go out there and train, you really work at it. So I had to pass.” (E! has video of the question.)

Had the show landed the former president, that would have gone a long way to helping them reach their goal of having a higher-profile cast, although since he is appearing on Rachael Ray, it’s not exactly like he’d be lowering himself too much to go dancing.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.