The bodybuilder-turned-actor, who recently hit the headlines when it was revealed he was Michael Jackson’s personal trainer up to the King of Pop’s death in June (09), originally auditioned for the show in 2007, and had been in talks to appear in the new series.
But he was surprised to find out he had not been selected as a contestant once again after holding promising talks with TV executives just a week before the 16 celebrities were announced on Monday (17Aug09).
Ferrigno’s wife, Carla, has blasted producers for the snub and criticised them for not even letting her husband know they had decided against picking him.
She tells RadarOnline.com, “They never even had the class to give Lou a call and tell him that he was not going to be chosen – this is the second time they haven’t selected him but it will be the last. Lou is an American icon and we had a lot of fans contacting us who were excited about him appearing on Dancing With The Stars.
“The producers told us he would have made an excellent contestant and when you compare him to some of the ‘so-called’ celebrities they picked it just does not make any sense at all.
“We couldn’t believe some of the people they picked… I mean Tom Delay, a corrupt politician, a skateboarder (Louie Vito) who nobody has ever heard of and what exactly has Ashley (Hamilton) ever done?.
The other celebrities picked include pop stars Macy Gray and Aaron Carter, reality TV princess Kelly Osbourne and model Joanna Krupa.