"Dance Moms was set to return with the mini team," a source close to production told the news outlet. "It was in development, casting was underway to 'cover up' the older girls."
"Then when she was released, all of this happened,” the insider added of Abby's unfortunate Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis. "The show was put on hold temporarily and now has been canceled completely. Dance Moms will never create another episode. The network feels as though it would be toxic to bring it back to life in another way with someone else."
Abby quit Dance Moms in March 2017, just four months before she went to prison. "I will no longer take part in Dance Moms," she wrote on Instagram at the time. "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!"
She continued, "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!"
However, the source claims the Lifetime show had plans to bring Abby back in a new way. "They were trying to do an Abby’s hospital recovery show," they revealed. "A comeback, a different angle to the franchise. But she just can’t with the treatment and the inevitable."
For the past few weeks, Abby has been updating worried fans on her cancer battle. "So much gratitude and love for those who listened, those who looked deeper and those who leapt into action," the 51-year-old wrote alongside a hospital selfie. "So much more I wish I could say... about how quickly your life can change at the hands of others. Thanks for [the prayers and love]." Here's hoping Abby gets well soon and continues with Dance Moms someday!