The 50-year-old — who hadn’t yet begun her 366-day jail sentence for bankruptcy fraud — left the team without a coach while dealing with her myriad of legal issues, forcing the gang to bring in A-list choreographer Laurieann Gibson at the last minute.
“You put us all in a situation where we had to find somebody else, and when [Laurieann] came in, she was tons of energy and she was invested and she was here and she was working,” mom Ashlee Allen says in the clip. Abby replies, “Well, she’s desperate for work. I’ve been working for six years non-stop… How good are you when you don’t win?”
Adds mom Jill Vertes, “It’s about creating workable dancers, not about doing the same eight-count and 52 turns to win a plastic trophy… [The girls] love Laurieann Gibson. They said they didn’t want you coming back.” Ouch.
The sentiment shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that Cheryl Burke, who will be replacing Abby as coach during the second half of Season 7B, recently revealed the moms “are not sad” about the reality star’s prison stint. “The girls are so precious, and I feel like they are traumatized from what has happened with Abby, and it’s important for me to still be strict and do what I do,” she told Us Weekly. “I expect nothing but the best from the girls, but it’s also important for me to make them feel confident about themselves because they are all beautiful and talented.”
We can’t wait to see how the rest of this tense interaction plays out! Tune in to Dance Moms at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.