Dancing with the Stars all-athlete Season 26 contestant Tonya Harding will likely not be telling her tough competitors to “break a leg!”
The 47-year-old former professional skater — who was accused of being involved in the violent 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, which crushed her chance of winning a gold medal at the Olympics over two decades ago — is “already causing on-set drama for producers!”
“Tonya joining this season’s cast may be great for ratings, but it is a nightmare for production because she is one of the most demanding and difficult people in the industry to work with,” an ABC insider said.
“She is already causing drama because she demanded an insane amount of money to come on the show after her recent movie, I Tonya,” continued the insider.
“Generally, contestants all get paid the same set amount regardless of how long they last in the competition. But not with Tonya.”
“Of course the other contestants who are competing against Tonya this season are bothered by the fact that they have to go against her,” the insider revealed,
Harding’s lifelong nemesis, Kerrigan, 48, was a contestant on the popular dance competition last season and discussed the Harding situation on-camera with fans.
In addition to Harding, Season 26 contestants include Olympic Bronze medal winner Adam Rippon, 26, figure skater Mirai Nagasu, 24, snowboarder Jamie Anderson, 27,
As well as NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabar, 70, Notre Dame’s national championship basketball hero Arike Ogunbowale, 21, and Olympic silver medal luge winner Chris Mazdzer, 29.