‘DWTS’ Most Wanted: 10 Stars Who Turned Down the Gig (PHOTOS)

Linda Sharps | May 30, 2013 Celebrities

Brooke ShieldsBrooke Shields, former jailbait star turned perennial beauty, has clarified the burning question that's apparently been on everyone's mind lately: no, she won't be doing Dancing With the Stars. She recently explained to Extra that a longstanding knee injury would keep her from cha-cha-ing her way across the stage.

Duly noted, but is this a thing now? Celebrities preemptively turning down invitations they haven't actually received? I'm just saying, it seems a little weird to randomly announce that you're not doing a show you weren't asked to do. It's MUCH cooler to loftily -- and oh-so-publicly -- decline Dancing With the Stars once they've come knocking on your door.

Check out these 10 stars who made sure everyone knew they had a chance to tell DWTS "thanks ... but no thanks."

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  • Lance Armstrong


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    Armstrong's rep may have been trying to do some dope-scandal damage control recently when he told Entertainment Weekly,

    Lance has been offered the show each and every year since its inception. Although flattered, he has passed on their generous offers.


  • Jenny McCarthy


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    Here's a real thing Jenny McCarthy said in 2012:

    They ask me every year, and I just can't do it. I tell them why: "You guys keep saying every year you're going to get A-List people, and then it's the girl that was with George Clooney." They better talk the walk or walk the talk -- whatever that saying is.

     Because Jenny McCarthy is "A-list people"? Oooooooookay then.

  • Ann Romney


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    Romney's adviser noted that she “loves to dance” and is a “fan of the show,” but she declined DWTS when they made an offer. TMZ reported that Romney gave it some serious thought, but her adviser hastened to clarify that she only did in the context of her love of dance -- and that “seriously considered” was going too far.

  • Tommy Lee


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    Don't go thinking Tommy Lee would stoop so low as to follow in his ex-wife Pamela Anderson's footsteps. In 2011, he tweeted,

    Ok! Ready for the funniest s--- EVER!!! Dancing with the Stars just offered me a spot on the show!! I've never hit the PASS button so quick.

    Yeah, because dudes with sex tapes are way too rock 'n' roll for celebrity dance shows.

  • Bill Clinton


    In 2011, former President Bill Clinton told talk show host Rachael Ray that he'd been approached by DWTS:

    I told them I didn't have the time to train for it. So I had to pass. But I think it's a hoot.

  • Rosie O'Donnell


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    In 2010, Rosie O'Donnell made a serious BFD about saying no to the show:

    Never. Never. I would never do that show. First of all, the outfits you have to be in -- no! And second of all, I would never do it; it would be so much stress. I'd rather go on 'Wipeout.' I'd rather get hit in the head with a big foam buoy or something.

  • Betty White


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    Betty White had a classy response when she got the invite, according to what she told CNN host Larry King in 2010:

    I have been asked [to do 'Dancing With the Stars']. And I've thanked them very profusely. And I said, "No, thank you."

  • Lindsay Lohan


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    It's hard to believe LiLo turned down so much cash, but according to TMZ.com, Lohan said no to a $550,000 offer from DWTS. Wonder if she's regretting that yet?

  • Jon Voight


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    Voight was asked to join the dancers in 2011, but he declined for age-related reasons:

    They asked me to do 'Dancing With the Stars,' and you know, it would probably be fun for people to watch me dance, but I'm an old fella now.

  • Eric Idle


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    I for one would LOVE to see Monty Python member Eric Idle dancing up a storm, but here's what he recently tweeted:

    I just turned down 'Dancing With the Stars.' When they get to me have they become desperate?

     I don't know, Mr. Idle ... nothing against you, but I think that ship has sailed.


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