Fans were shocked when the Abby Lee Dance Company instructor announced that she would be leaving her show — and they were even more shocked when a report claimed that Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke would take her place! But she seemingly confirmed that she’s started filming the upcoming season and she even threw a little shade at Abby in the process.
“Breaking the curse,” the 32-year-old wrote in the caption of a shot of four of Abby’s former students — Chloe Lukasiak, Camryn Bridges, Nia Sioux and Reagan Martin.
“I'm so excited to see this!!! And so glad someone pulled Chloe out of retirement. Stoked to see where these girls go next under your leadership,” one fan wrote, and another commented, “Now that Cheryl is [on] the show, I would start watching.”
Abby explained in a lengthy Instagram rant that she decided to quit because she was constantly clashing with producers of the show — and she said that she couldn’t wait for someone else to experience the frustration she experienced over the past nearly seven years on the series.
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The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement: I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING – TO NO AVAIL! TODAY, I WAS SO PROUD THAT I WENT AGAINST THE PRODUCER'S IDEA (ONCE AGAIN) TO ENTER A COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NUMBERS… "WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE?" ALONG WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL SOLOS! I don't have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful! I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED – DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT! #dancemoms #season7 #ALDC #aldcalways #newbeginnings #aldcla #alllovedancecourage
“If she had to go what I go through every day, I would be flippin’ thrilled,” the 50-year-old told E! News.
She explained that Cheryl would be taking a step down after going from her job as a dancer on DWTS to Dance Moms. She explained that the producers and costume designers aren’t up to par on the Lifetime reality series as they are on ABC’s hit competition show.
“But I think they will treat her differently, I think everybody will be on their toes,” she continued. “I think that Lifetime will pour a ton of money into advertising because they want to prove [to] me that I was nothing and I was nobody, and they saved me.”
** Scroll through the gallery below to see Abby's weight loss transformation!**