Abby Lee Miller has some bad news for “Dance Moms” fans: The show might not last past Season 5. The reality-television star recently revealed that a sixth season of the Lifetime dance-competition series might not be in the cards for her and her ALDC (Abby Lee Dance Company) elite junior team.
Abby, 48, dropped the bombshell while speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the opening of her West Coast dance studio, ALDC LA, in Santa Monica, California, on May 30. When asked which girls from her Pittsburgh-based ALDC team would follow her to ALDC LA to continue “Dance Moms,” Abby refused to answer. “You’re talking about Season 6,” Abby said. “I highly doubt that."
So, is this the definite end of “Dance Moms”? Not exactly. Abby hinted that her "doubt" about returning to the hit series might have something to do with money. Earlier this month, Abby revealed that the cast makes just $1,500k per episode, despite achieving international recognition. "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,” Abby explained.
Abby also indicated she felt slighted in terms of creative credit. “I don’t get a creative credit,” she said. “I don’t have anything to do with creative, and yet, I create the numbers every week.”
While Abby was tight-lipped about a potential Season 6, she did dish about some upcoming Season 5 drama. According to the infamous dance coach, she failed to show up for one week of filming after an altercation at one competition resulted in her being tossed out by one of the show’s producers. Abby says the fight was with her student’s moms in regards to their training and called the argument a “complete joke.”
“There was an altercation and the producer threw me out. So I left and I didn’t come back. There’s about one week that I just wasn’t there,and I thought, ‘You know what? If they can do it without me, do it without me,’” she said.
“For the first three seasons of the show, I had to fight with production every single day about the kids getting back into their normal classes … The kids on the show need to take class. They need to continue training, and nothing is more important to me than them being in class.”
Watch Abby's full interview with ET below:
“Dance Moms” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.