Peta Murgatroyd Shades Former ‘DWTS’ Producer, Shares Thoughts on Disney+
Former Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd recently shared her thoughts on the show’s move to Disney+ next month. She also seemed to throw some shade at the show’s former producer, Andrew Llinares.
Pete Murgatroyd Shares Thoughts on ‘DWTS’ Changes
Murgatroyd, who left the show after Season 29, recently spoke with former DWTS runner-up Mario Lopez on his radio show. The dancer said she would love to return to the show at some point, but right now she’s focused on trying to have another baby with her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Speaking about the changes DWTS is making for Season 31, Murgatroyd shared that she thinks the show “needs to evolve,” and it’s heading “in the right direction” this season. Heavy points out that she seemed to throw shade at former executive producer Andrew Llinares.
“They’ve tried different routes in the past, like our past EP, he completely changed the show from lighting to stage to everything,” Murgatroyd shared. “And now we have an old EP come back, Conrad Green … So everyone’s pretty happy he’s back. He’s gonna take it back to kind of what it was.”
Llinares joined the show in 2018. It was during his time as executive producer that hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were replaced by new host Tyra Banks. Banks will be returning for Season 31 with a co-host, former Mirrorball winner Alfonso Ribeiro.
Murgatroyd Comments on the Show’s Move to Disney+
Although Murgatroyd seems optimistic about the way Dancing with the Stars is going, she admitted that the move to Disney+ comes with some drawbacks. For example, not everyone wants to pay to subscribe to the streaming service ahead of Season 31.
“I’ve had a lot of people say to me, ‘We don’t want to pay for Disney+. We won’t be watching,'” Murgatroyd shared. “That’s the only sucky part, because people might not be able to afford that streaming service as well. But there’s many pluses and a couple of downfalls with it.”
The new season of DWTS will premiere on Disney+ September 19.