I have loved Billy Dee from way back when he was in the TV Movie "Brian's Song" & fell totally in love with him in Mahogany. It's so sad to watch him now - I know none of us are immortal, but it pains me to see him like that
I really blame the producers of this show for setting up a respected but aging actor to be humiliated. They need to exercise some discretion about adding someone who can barely move to the cast. If he lasts beyond the first elimination, he would have to know it's due to the sympathy vote, and would he really want that? Critiques from the judges are bound to be as painful as the dance itself, if not more.
Billy Dee & Emma are on GMA right now ... and they are spending half his airtime talking about Robin's appearance. He was on camera for all of 5 minutes total.
He's old, injured and in pain -- and they still made him take the redeye flight from LA to NYC to be on the show, when they aren't even dancing. They could have let him get some sleep and done the interview via satellite from the ballroom. Robin isn't even there -- it looks like she hung back in LA. This is insanity. He was barely making sense during the interview.
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He's gotta be on some heavy pain meds - so sad
Yeah, I couldn't believe he flew across country to say three words.
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Check this out:
Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater 'Made Peace' with Decision to Leave Dancing - Sickness & Injury, Dancing With the Stars, Billy Dee Williams, Emma Slater : People.com
IIRC, I said in a post LAST WEEK: "Maybe he needs the money?"
Then, in this exit article, one of the things that comes out of HIS OWN MOUTH is that he " . . . made a lot of money."
Sure, he said the usual, requisite: "I had a blast . . ."
But, come ON, PEOPLE!
He's --- what? --- 76/77 years old, with TWO replaced hips AND an arthritic back. He knew --- going IN! --- that this was a physically-challenging DANCE show, and he STILL chose to take a run at this?
Maybe he DID do it ONLY for the fun, etc.
But, after his verbal slip about his making a lot of money in that article, I can't help BUT believe that that was a MAJOR --- if not the SOLE --- motivating factor for him to do this.
Whose business is it, ANYWAY, whether or not he made a lot of money? That'd pretty much be a given conclusion that most of us with at least half a brain could and WOULD come to, ANYWAY.
You couldn't've PAID me enough to've made any comment about making a lot of money while I was on the show, if I'd been in his shoes. I mean, he HAD to know that people might wonder about that, ANYWAY, given his obvious physical limitations. And, to me, his NOT thinking and letting that "money" remark get out there just serves as a red flag for his needing money more than likely being a HUGE catalyst for this whole fiasco.
What I DO know is that I'm glad that his doctor, his pain --- WHATEVER! --- FINALLY worked to get his ass OFF that stage, and sit him DOWN, where he oh-so-obviously needed to be. I TRULY wouldn't've wanted to've seen him risk disabling --- possibly permanently disabling --- injury by continuing to so foolishly go on with this.
And, frankly, had it not been for being ordered to STOP by whoever his doctor is, I absolutely do NOT believe that he would've voluntarily stopped. Pain, or no pain.
I think he'd've kept going until he finally injured himself badly.
OR, his fans finally said "Enough!" for him and put him out of his misery.
I hope he enjoys the money he made.
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I still admire the man and his long and successful career. I'm glad he doesn't have to deal with the pain and threat of further injury, but even with his many liabilities, I enjoyed seeing him try so much more than a reality show contestant like Nene (or any others of that ilk, even the few that I like. They are not anywhere close to being "Stars.")
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I don't see anything wrong with an actor going on a show to make money. Heck, I would go on that show if they would pay me money and I'm well past my dancing days.
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