Dancing With The Stars boss Larry Bass has released a statement addressing the show’s “devastating” cancellation.
Earlier this week, RTÉ announced that the next series of DWTS would not being going ahead, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the show doesn’t start airing until January, rehearsals normally start as early as October.
In a statement released today, Larry Bass said: “ShinAwiL Productions are devastated that they will not be in a position to bring back Dancing with the Stars in January 2021.”
“The safety and welfare of our crews and celebrities is our main priority. We worked closely with RTÉ and BBC Studios over the past three months to explore the feasibility of producing the show in a safe environment.”
“While we had a robust plan to deliver a different but spectacular series in 2021, regrettably, Ireland continues to grapple with the ever-changing impact of Covid -19 and the risk to the show and everyone involved remains too high,” he explained.
“The loss of Dancing with the Stars is also devastating for ShinAwiL as a company that has tried to grow over these last 21 years. Also our 150 crew members who work so tirelessly to make the show what it is.”
“Over the past four seasons, we’ve become one big happy working family. Consequently, the burdens and uncertainty that comes with the loss of jobs and incomes is something that deeply affects us all.”
“Some of our suppliers are small businesses that rely on one or two major contracts per year to survive as do we. The future is now incredibly uncertain for us all and our families.”
Larry continued: “I appeal to our government to take seriously the value of our fantastic creative industries that are now suffering not from a virus, but from lack of correct support or any certainty about the future.”
“The financial and mental welfare of tens of thousands of creative professionals may flood our health and welfare state more than any virus could if no action is taken. When will we ever learn to value our culture in this country properly??”
“All I can say is a heartfelt thanks to everyone that makes the show what it is, from our hosts Jen and Nicky, judges Brian, Loraine and Captain Sparkles, all of our celebrity dancers and to our professional dancers, producers, RTÉ commissioners, researchers, production & stage managers, co-ordinators, choreographers, set designers, set builders, electricians, painters, art directors, camera, sound & lighting crew, editors, stylists, wardrobe, hair & makeup artists, photographers, press teams, digital teams, graphics, caterers, drivers, cleaners, security – the list is endless.”
“We have been heartened by the many messages of support from the public who helped make the show such a pillar in the RTÉ schedule. Your thoughts and wishes have really quantified what this show means to so many people,” Larry wrote.
“We will continue to work with RTÉ to devise new productions that can help kickstart the TV production community and hopefully bring some cheer back into people’s lives.”
“We will also work closely with RTÉ and BBC Studios to try and bring back Dancing with the Stars in 2022.
He added: “Please stay safe and well and think of thousands of out of work professionals who only want to fill your world with food for the heart and mind. Support the live entertainment world please. Sincerely, Larry Bass, CEO ShinAwiL, Executive Producer of Dancing With The Stars.”
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