NeNe Leakes And Billy Dee Williams Confirmed For “Dancing With The Stars” Season 18 Cast

March 4, 2014  |  


Last week, rumors were swirling that Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes would be joining the new season of Dancing With The Stars, and now that the big reveal date has come, it has been confirmed that not only will Leakes join the cast, but acting legend Billy Dee Williams will also join the cast for season 18.

Leakes as well as Williams joined the rest of the new cast on Good Morning America this morning to be revealed to the world, and Williams called his upcoming time on the show, “my last hurrah.” Let’s hope not.

In an interview with USA Today, Leakes said that she’s excited to do the show, and is hoping to drop the pounds she put on while dealing with her health issues (that pulmonary embolism).

“Being sick made me gain some weight. So I’m hoping this will help me lose 20 pounds.” However, Leakes says she’s feeling much better, and though there will be doctors on set who can help her in case she feels under the weather, she’s ready to hit the dance floor. A question about her past as a stripper was brought up to see if she qualifies as having dancing experience, but she says, “Not a whole lot of dancing there [laughs]. I think I have a little rhythm.”

Guess we’ll have to wait and watch to find out if this is true! As for their partnerships on the dance floor, Leakes will be paired with Tony Dovolani a previous mirror ball champ, while Williams will dance with pro partner, Emma Slater. Will you be rooting for them when the show premieres on March 17 (at 8 p.m. ET on ABC)? Check out ABC for a full list of the entire cast, which also includes The Price is Right host Drew Carey, and more.

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  • Ravenna

    I dont watch dwts but this just might be entertaining hope Nene do well.

  • MLS2698

    She sure does like the older men, huh?

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  • Ebby

    I’m a big fan of DWS but not so much with NeNe. I don’t think she’ll be on the show long but we will see by how many fans she’s got. Looking forward to seeing Billy Dee!

  • Val

    DWTS sucks at selecting Black celebs I’m interested in seeing. The last Black celebrity they had on that I wanted to tune it to see was Mya.

    • Mia

      Who would you like to see on DTWS? If you’re hoping for Beyoncé, keep dreaming.

      • Val

        I want to see you. I hear you’re a ghetto superstar. Lol

  • VAgirl

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad this opportunity has come up for Nene, I just hope that she doesn’t get an even bigger head. She should keep in mind that just as fast as you receive something, it can be taken away (Glee, The New Normal)..

  • wveronica7

    Looking forward to seeing Billy Dee Williams! Don’t care too much to see Nene but good for her.

    • Laine

      I don’t like her attitude either. But the fact that she was an “exotic dancer”, makes me think that she would be a really good addition to the show.. lol… I’m exited to see what she will do…

  • amir bey

    Nene trying to stay relevant any way she can. Hope she goes home first 😀

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  • hi-liter

    Mrs. NeNe “cant tell me shyt now” Leakes.