Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Tuesday Tanlines

Samantha Harris is opening up about a time she found herself way out of step with the producers of Dancing With the Stars.

Harris, who cohosted the ABC reality series from 2006 to 2009, said in a recent podcast appearance that DWTS brass wanted her to gain weight and stop tanning — to be "pasty and pudgy," as she put it — so that viewers wouldn't confuse her with the show's pro dancers.

"I remember — I won't say who in the network or executive team said this — but I remember I got a note," Harris said on the latest episode of former DWTS pro Cheryl Burke's Sex, Lies, and Spray Tans podcast. "I got actually called into a meeting and they said, 'So, Samantha, going to the next season…' My interpretation was they said to me, 'You need to be pasty and pudgy.' But really what they said to me was, 'You're getting too tan and too toned that the viewers' — and I'd like to give all of you listening as viewers a lot more credit then what they said — but the viewers 'are confusing you with the dancers because you're too tanned and too toned.'"

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