Queen Latifah thinks she’s too good for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – she’s right


The gist of this story is pretty straight-forward: Queen Latifah is awesome and she knows it. I kept reading various gossip pieces that the producers of Dancing With the Stars wanted Queen Latifah to compete this season. There were even rumors that the Queen had signed on, but when the official announcement came out, there was no Queen. What happened? According to Hollywood Life’s source, Queen Latifah thinks she’s simply too important to appear on Dancing With the Stars. You know what? She’s right.

Queen Latifah was originally slated to be competing on season 13 of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ so what happened? HollywoodLife.com has the inside scoop!

We’re guessing Rob Kardashian, David Arquette, Elisabetta Canalis and the rest of the season 13 cast of Dancing with the Stars are all competing because they think it will help their images and their careers. However, an insider tells HollywoodLife.com Queen Latifah, 41, felt the exact opposite way about the popular ABC reality show.

“She thought it would be a career downturn,” an insider tells us about why the 41-year-old comedian didn’t end up signing on. “She didn’t believe she needs it, even though she is a fan of the show.”

Perhaps that’s true. As a performer, the Queen has won an astonishing two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe AND a Grammy Award, in addition to being nominated for an Emmy and an Academy Award, to name a few. She’s done just fine without having to strut her stuff on a prime time competition show.

That said, Queen Latifah is such a fun entertainer, we would have loved to have watched spin her way on the dance floor and if we were betting folks, probably would have put our money on her to win the Mirror Ball Trophy!

[From Hollywood Life]

Seriously! I cosign this, even if it is not a true representation of Queen Latifah’s real feelings. I would be very disappointed in the Queen if she was dancing away on the same show that featured Elisabetta Canalis and Nancy Grace. She does not need it – she’s doing fine.

I do wonder if there’s another reason she didn’t want to sign on for one of the top-rated, family-friendly shows in primetime: Queen Latifah is gay, and there’s still a chunk of her fan base that doesn’t know that yet. She keeps her personal life very quiet, and she’s not going to put herself out there for mass consumption, especially when she simply doesn’t need to.



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  1. lucy2 says:

    Glad she’s not doing it, that’s a show for Dlisters and wannabes, and she is neither.
    I like her so much as an actress – even in a crappy movie, I always find her entertaining.

  2. Maritza says:

    It would have been great to see her shed the pounds each week.

  3. tori says:

    she’s one of the best female rappers ever, an accomplished songstress, and an academy-award-nominated actress. She is way too damn good for Dancing with the Stars, they have people on there that you’ve never heard of before, please.

  4. gee says:

    She is so pretty! And I have a hard time believing people don’t know she’s gay. I thought she was in the closet like Jodie Foster.. just in name, but it’s not really a secret.

    Also, I agree.. this would be a step down for her (even if I do love DWTS).

  5. HotLatino says:

    I’m so gonna watch this season because of Elisabetta hahahaha she’s a trainwreck and her English sucks (English is my second language too but her English is AWFUL) Can’t wait for the interviews and everything LOL

  6. mln76 says:

    ITA she’s way too good for DWTS but if only she’d realized that about her last few movies too.

  7. Cindy says:

    Queen Latifah is very talented. I’m sure there are plenty of better opportunities out there for her. And I agree that DWTS is very exploitative with their personal lives – for example, Jennifer Grey crying over Patrick Swayze’s death every week got so tired. Queen Latifah doesn’t need to pimp her personal life out like that.

  8. inthekitchen says:

    Love love LOVE her! Glad she’s passing on the show.

    I wish she’d publicly come out though. What’s the big deal?! If portions of her fan base can’t accept it (I assume that’s why she’s semi-hiding it?), that’s their problem and maybe she’d open a few minds instead of lose fans.

  9. OhMyMy says:

    The only DWTS I watch is when it spills over into Castle and it annoys me.

    I love Queen Latifah. She’s fine just the way she is. Leave the DWTS to the z-listers and the hasbeens.

  10. TQB says:

    Damn right she’s too good for that show – she’s f’ing amazing and radiant. I’m sure they were dying to get her, good for her for shooting them down.

  11. Flan says:

    She’s very right.

    Didn’t know she was gay either, haha.

  12. Green_Eyes says:

    Too good for DWTWanna be Stars, she is a STAR! She looks fine the way she is..doesn’t need to loose weight..if she’s happy and healthy that’s all that matters…

  13. NeNe says:

    DWTS has certainly scrapped the bottom of the barrel with the cast for this season. Nothing but D-listers and has-beens. I lost all hope for this show when they cast Kate G an Bristol Palin on the show. What the heck are they thinking? This show now officially sucks the big one!

  14. Harley says:

    Adore this woman! She IS too damn good for this show-glad she realizes it too. And I thought it was common knowledge she was gay? Like someone else said-like Jodi Foster, people know, it’s just not advertised.

    In addition to being mega talented, I think she’s is incredibly beautiful too…

  15. Melissa says:

    Love her…..

  16. Pyewacket says:

    I do believe her fan base is pretty well aware of her being gay by now. It is not a secret.

  17. Tierra says:

    I LOVE Queen Latifah, always had a thing for her. Im so glad she turned this down.
    She actually has true talent, both musically and on-screen. she doesnt belong in with those they scrape from the bottom of the desperation barrel.

  18. Cheyenne says:

    @inthekitchen: Maybe she feels her private life is nobody else’s business.

  19. Hollowdoll says:

    Queen Latifah Rocks! DWTS is definitely beneath her.

  20. the original bellaluna says:

    Anyone who has played “Mama” in Chicago with that much verve and sass is W-A-Y too good to be on that show.

    LOVE. HER.

    (Bringing Down the House was on TV a couple weekends ago, and I watched it because she and Steve Martin – and that one dude, “If I’m not being too subtle” – are HYSTERICAL together!)

  21. Lady D says:

    One of my favorite people. I adore her, and had no idea she was gay. Sooo glad she’s not doing that sad-ass show.
    The world’s first pregnant “man” is choked they chose Chaz over him as the GLBT contestant. I tell you, I just can’t with that show. First time I watched it was to see the Kate Gosselin everyone was talking about and slamming. What a scary looking woman she was! (and whiny)

  22. corey says:

    The title says it all!

  23. ladybert62 says:

    Please keep the sunglasses on! Thank you.

  24. palermo says:

    Queen L can’t be on DWTS because she actually IS a star. Look at the rest of the cast, kids of stars, ex-girlfriend/beards of stars, what a bunch of nobodies.

  25. JM says:

    All hail the Queen! I would have loved to see her dance circles around the celebriwannabes but she’s right. It is beneath her.

  26. bagladey says:

    August 31st, 2011 at 11:32 am All hail the Queen! I would have loved to see her dance circles around the celebriwannabes but she’s right. It is beneath her.

  27. It is ME!! says:

    @bellaluna: You are thinking of Eugene Levy. That is a funny movie.

    I don’t care if the Queen is gay. She doesn’t need this show.

    U-N-I-T-YYYYYYYYYY!! You ain’t a bitch or a ho!

  28. BitseyMA says:

    I absolutely adore this woman, yes she is too good for DWTS. I love how she is stealing the spotlight away from that swizzle stick in the picture, is that Audrina P or just another random wannabe?

  29. sandy#1 says:

    every time there is a post on her, a few posters bring up she’s gay, not that there’s any thing wrong with that, lol (Seinfeld) maybe, like a poster already stated, she might want to keep her private life PRIVATE!!, she is more than her sexual orientation. jeez. not every body want to be the spokes person for gay/les, just to please every one else. so what. she might be bi who cares? she is fab tho.

  30. jasmine says:

    Love her…she shouldnt do the show and i dnt care if shes gay bi purple a republican or whatever.she has grace and class and a wonderful spirit!

  31. Denise says:

    I was glad to read she was not doing it; she has a career, unlike the other losers on that show, who are trying to get one.

  32. rkintn says:

    I love her! As for her sexual orientation…I don’t care but I will say she had a pretty hot flirtation with Gerry on one of the late night talk shows a couple of years ago. It was awesome to watch LOL With a little GoogleFu I found it was on Jay Leno, Season 15 Episode 109. Apparently, the video has been pulled but Just Jared had a small piece about it.

  33. rkintn says:

    And yeah, she is way too good for DWTS:)

  34. Stellax2 says:

    I love her. She is amazing. She has a fabulous voice and she’s a proven actor. I’ve never watched DWTS but based on the people they choose, it seems to be a sea of people who want to make money and be noticed. Has anyone gotten a real career boost from DWTS? I think Alley did a bit but I can’t think of anyone of the top of my head. I feel she made a wise choice to not be on the show.
    Frankly, if she doesn’t want to advertise her sexual orientation, that’s her choice.

  35. Bopa says:

    Most in her fan base know that she’s gay but knowing someone is in the closet and their coming out completely isn’t the same for some people. She’d be the first major hip hop artist to come out of the closet. I don’t really care if she comes out or not but I think it would be great because I’m sure she’s not the only gay rapper hiding the fact that they’re gay.

  36. daisy says:

    are u kiddin? anyone who actually was a fan knew the gay info. what i still wonder is why its ever news?