Pastore Withdraws From Dancing With the Stars
VINCENT PASTORE WITHDRAWS FROM "DANCING WITH THE STARS"
In the first of what promise to be many surprises in the fourth season
of "Dancing with the Stars," actor Vincent Pastore, sixty years
of age, has withdrawn from the competition after one week of training.
Pastore came to the decision that the physical demands of a ten-week
season would be too difficult for him to undertake.
"When I initially committed to joining 'Dancing with the Stars,' I
didn't realize just how physically demanding it would be for me. Unable to
put forth my best effort, I felt it appropriate to step aside and give
someone else the opportunity," said Pastore. "I'd like to thank
ABC and the show's producers for inviting me to participate. I wish my
partner, Edyta, and the other dancers the best of luck."
Executive producer Conrad Green added: "We're sad that Vincent
felt he was unable to continue in the competition, as he would have been
great on the show -- but we appreciate him standing aside now rather than
having to withdraw later. 'Dancing with the Stars' is physically demanding
and it pays to know your limits. We respect his decision."
"Dancing with the Stars" is the U.S. version of the
international smash hit series, "Strictly Come Dancing." This
version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide. Conrad Green and Richard
Hopkins are executive producers and Izzie Pick is co-executive producer.
Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are supervising producers. Alex Rudzinski
ABC Press Release