Lifetime has cut ties with Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms fame after scathing accusations of racism surfaced on social media.
The network said Friday it scrapped plans for the spinoff Abby’s Virtual Dance-Off competition series that was announced this past April.
“We currently do not have plans to air the show,” Kannie Yu LaPack, a spokeswoman for parent company, A&E network, told USA Today.
Miller also will not be returning to Dance Moms if the show is renewed for season 9.
The reality TV veteran came under fire after a message was posted on Instagram by Adriana Smith, mom of season 8 dancer Kamryn, in response to Miller’s Blackout Tuesday post in support of Black Lives Matter.
“I couldn’t think of a more perfect day to address my experience with Abby Lee Miller,” Smith captioned a post this week on Instagram.
“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,” Smith wrote. “This to me shows that you think you are better than me and in higher rank and all together superior to ME!”
Miller issued a lengthy apology Thursday, saying, “I realize 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 recognize that words alone are not enough. I understand it takes time and genuine change,” she added.