Lifetime cancels Abby Lee Miller's 'Dance Moms' spin-off

Abby Lee Miller.
Abby Lee Miller.
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  • Lifetime has cancelled Abby Lee Miller's new reality show Abby's Virtual Dance Off.
  • This comes after the reality star was accused of racism by a former Dance Moms contestant.
  • Abby Lee has since apologised in a post on Instagram. She wrote: "I realise that racism can come not just from hate, but also from ignorance."

Lifetime has cancelled Abby Lee Miller's new reality show, and she will also not return for the ninth season of Dance Moms, reports Entertainment Weekly.

This comes after the controversial reality star was accused of racism by a former Dance Mom's contestant, Adriana Smith.

The Dance Moms spin-off titled Abby's Virtual Dance Off was expected to air on the channel later this month.

According to a press release by the network, in the 12-episode show Abby Lee invites dancers from across the country to submit their best moves and footwork to see who has what it takes to impress her and to be named The Abby Dancer.

On Tuesday Abby Lee participated in the social media blackout campaign in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Adriana who is the mother of Kamryn, a dancer who was featured on the eighth season of Dance Moms, responded to her post saying she could not think of a more perfect day to address her experience with the 53-year-old dance instructor.

"A statement from her that sticks in my mind to this day during my time on DMS8 is 'I know you grew up in the hood with only a box of 8 crayons, but I grew up in the Country Club with a box of 64 – don't be stupid.' This, to me, shows that you think you are better than me and in higher rank and all together superior to me!"


On Wednesday another former contestant Camille Bridges told E! News she remembers moments when her daughter, Camryn Bridges was treated unfairly because of her race.

She claims Abby Lee tried to spin her daughter as 'being the poor one and there on scholarship'.

"She loves appropriating our culture and never appreciating it. She did not give black choreographers on the show acknowledgement of their work. She continuously put Camryn in afros," said Camille.

On Thursday Abby Lee posted an apology to Adriana and Kamryn.

She wrote: "I am truly sorry. I realise that racism can come not just from hate, but also from ignorance. No matter the cause, it is harmful, and it is my fault. While I cannot change the past or remove the harm I have done, I promise to educate myself, learn, grow, and do better.

"While I hope to one day earn your forgiveness, I recognise that words alone are not enough. I understand it takes time and genuine change."


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