Bill Clinton Rejected DWTS, But Says It’s A Hoot

Bill Clinton says that he rejected an offer to be on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Before there was Chaz Bono, the former President said he was asked to join the “DWTS” show. He made the announcement during a taped guest appearance for the “Rachael Ray Show” that will air September 20th.

“This is interesting actually,” Clinton said. “They contacted me once about it,” he added.

At one point earlier in the summer, dancer Cheryl Burke had announced that she would love to have Clinton as a dance partner on the show. The former President explained he had to turn down the offer when he was contacted.

“And I told them I didn’t have the time to train for it,” says Clinton. “You know you actually go out there and you train, you really work at it. So I had to pass. But I think it’s a hoot,” Clinton said.

“And I have a 92-year-old mother-in-law who watches it religiously and she knows much more about popular culture than Hillary and I do. She even knows more than her granddaughter, Chelsea, knows about popular culture. She thinks I would be really cool if I made it, but I had to pass,” he added.

Past DWTS contestants include a race-car driver, Olympians, football players, supermodels, actors, singers, an astronaut, and teen-heartthrobs. Each couple performs predetermined dances and competes against the others for judges’ points and audience votes. Couples are eliminated each week by receiving the lowest combined total of judges points and audience votes.

During his interview with Ray, she asked what dance he would be better at the Tango, or a Rumba? Clinton said, “It’s amazing you said that because just last night, Hillary said to me ‘You know, when I’m not Secretary of State anymore, we should go take dancing lessons.’ So we’ll start with the tango.”