Abby Lee Miller has been teasing her exit from Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” since May, slamming the network in multiple interviews for being "in arrears on their payment plan.” And in a promo for the series' upcoming Season 5 reunion special, “City of Angels,” Abby once again hints at her possible departure.
“Something’s gotta give,” Abby says in the preview for the special, released Tuesday following the premiere of the dramatic Season 5 finale. “That’s where this journey ends for me and a new journey begins.”
According to the ALDC (Abby Lee Dance Company) dance coach, she believes it is best to leave on a high note. “You go out when you’re on the top,” she says with a smile.
Abby first hinted she might not return to the show in May during the grand opening of her West Coast dance studio, ALDC LA. When asked by Entertainment Tonight if her Pittsburgh-based students would follow her to California to attend ALDC LA, she said, “You’re talking about Season 6. I highly doubt that.”
Abby, who previously revealed that she and her students each make $2,000 per episode, went on to slam Lifetime for their payment plan. “Lifetime is a little in arrears on their payment plan with me personally, and so I think that will have to be taken care of before we talk about Season 6,” she said.
Abby’s star student, Maddie Ziegler, also recently hinted she may not return for a sixth installment. In June she told MTV Australia that her future with the dance competition show was up in the air. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen for Season 6. I don’t know if I’m going to do it or not, so it just depends,” she said.
Despite Abby’s continual hints that she may not return to “Dance Moms,” the series’ production company is currently casting for Season 6. Earlier this month executive producer Bryan Stintson tweeted out a casting call ad seeking “competitive dancers and their moms” to try out. Auditions kick off in Los Angeles in September.
“If you are ready to take your kid’s career to the next level and give them the fame they deserve, MOMS, this is your opportunity,” touts a more in-depth ad put out by Mystic Art Pictures, the production team helping to find new talent for the show. “Producers are looking for DANCERS who feel they have what it takes to train and compete with Abby.”
The “Dance Moms” Season 5 reunion, “City of Angels,” premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.