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“Dancing With the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli has revealed why he chose the U.S. version of the dancing competition show over its U.K. counterpart, “Strictly Come Dancing.”

Here is what Tonioli had to say in a new interview with the Daily Mail:

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In an interview about leaving “Strictly Come Dancing” in which Tonioli detailed the insane travel schedule that was involved in participating in both shows, he was asked why he didn’t choose the British version over the American one and basically, it comes down to his contract.

“I’m under contract in America until 2024. I’m not under long-term contract like that with the BBC,” said Tonioli, which means he has to make the contracted show his first priority because it is guaranteed, whereas “Strictly Come Dancing” only hires season by season, according to the Daily Mail.

He also said said that you can’t expect the show to pay you if you may or may not show up on any given week.

“Let’s say you’re shooting a film and Hugh Jackman cost millions to hire and you say, ‘Well, he may or may not turn up.’ They’d say, ‘What?'” explained Tonioli.

It also might come down to money. The interview posited that Tonioli makes more on “Dancing With the Stars” than the £250,000 he reportedly gets paid to do “Strictly Come Dancing,” to which Tonioli said, “I don’t know how much I earn.”

“I’m not complaining. I’m a performer, not a businessman,” said Tonioli.

He added that it felt “wrong” to try to go back to “Strictly Come Dancing” because they found a successful replacement for him in former “Strictly” pro Anton Du Beke and they should stick with what is working.

“I felt, actually, that it would be a bit wrong if I went back. They have something going very well and they should stick to it. I can guarantee you, there is no animosity,” said the longtime judge.

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Tonioli also praised the “very good job” that Du Beke has done as his replacement because he has made the role “his own,” comparing it to the way the James Bond franchise changes actors and there is no jealousy there.

“It’s like James Bond, right? You have Sean Connery and Daniel Craig but they are both still Bond,” said Tonioli.

He said that the conversation about leaving “Strictly Come Dancing” was “very civilized” and that they both just wanted to do what was best for both shows.

“We looked into whether there was a way of making both shows work for me like before [the pandemic] and it was a mutual decision. They said, ‘It really is not feasible.’ And I said, ‘It really is not,” said Tonioli.

He added that he would hate if travel delays caused him to “let someone down.”

“Can you imagine? I’m stuck at Heathrow [airport], they’re waiting for me in America. Let’s say I arrive a day late, the way things are these days, you never know. No production company could take that risk. … You can’t risk one of your players being absent,” said the judge.

These comments echo what Tonioli told the BBC’s “The One Show” back in May when he said, “Getting through the airports is not like it used to be, so it created a situation that was unsustainable,” said Tonioli, adding, “Because of the travel situations I cannot really guarantee that I’m going to be there because anything can happen. Two years ago, I changed my tickets every week and they need continuity.”

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for its 31st season on Monday, September 19 on Disney Plus.

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Fox Host Kayleigh McEnany Said Wait For the Facts to Come Out on FBI Raid — She Has Done Anything But

Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany on Friday called on the media to “wait for the facts to come out” before speculating about the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

If only she practiced what she preached.

McEnany, who served in the Trump administration as press secretary during its dark final days, has repeatedly and wildly speculated about the raid on air at Fox News, where she now serves as a host.

On Friday’s Outnumbered, McEnany criticized The Washington Post for reporting that the classified materials Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago included sensitive information about nuclear weapons. She called the story “evasive” and urged the media to proceed with caution regarding its allegations.

“My point is, let’s wait for the facts to come out,” she said.

“There is a history,” McEnany continued, “of stories on anonymous sources that turn out not to be true, so let’s wait for something called facts, which many networks don’t wait for.”

Yet McEnany’s first on-air reaction to the raid ignored facts entirely.

Last Tuesday, the morning after the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, McEnany boldly declared the United States a “banana republic.” (She then went even further, declaring we are “beyond” banana republic status.)

This, mind you, was before we had any idea what the FBI sought when they executed a search warrant of the president’s resort.

The next day, McEnany echoed Trump’s claims that FBI agents messed up former First Lady Melania Trump’s closet and went into his safe. Based on those comments from Trump, a notoriously unreliable narrator, McEnany insisted the FBI was “scouring through Melania’s closet, breaking open safes.”

She then cast the raid, which was ordered by Attorney General Merrick Garland and approved by a magistrate judge in Florida, as a politically motivated attack.

“It feels like the full power of the federal government raining down on a political enemy,” said McEnany.

This week, McEnany again defied her Friday advice by accusing the FBI and DOJ of leaking details about the raid to the press.

[Marco] Rubio is going a step further, though, in making this point. He said an investigation of a high-profile political figure is neither apolitical nor by the book if the investigators are leaking sensationalized claims to the media on a daily basis.

We saw this drip, drip, drip, The Washington Post report about nuclear material, New York Times report over the weekend about the Trump team’s communications. Merrick Garland, the very first words out of Merrick Garland’s mouth on Thursday were ‘I will not communicate through leaks.’ So I hope the same way they’re looking for the leaker at the Supreme Court, he’s looking for the leaker in DOJ and FBI because if you want to further undermine the confidence of half the country, continue the drip, drip, drip of leaks.

First off, McEnany has no idea if the claims reported by The Washington Post and The New York Times are “sensationalized.” Those facts remain unknown, like almost everything she has opined on in the last week. Secondly, she made the baseless assumption that the leaks came from law enforcement officials and not the Trump team or other sources.

McEnany isn’t alone on Fox News in baselessly speculating about the raid before knowing all the facts. The Justice Department investigation remains ongoing, and we won’t truly know its scope for some time.

McEnany and her fellow Trump boosters would be wise to proceed with caution — particularly in light of reporting that Trump allies are telling senior Republicans to ease up on criticizing the DOJ and FBI because “it is possible that more damaging information related to the search will become public.”

It may be hard for pundits — particularly ones as partisan as McEnany — to hold their fire and wait for all the facts before declaring the end of the republic. But they should at least try.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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