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EXCLUSIVE: Lou Ferrigno Fuming Over DWTS Snub

Aug. 20 2009, Published 9:04 a.m. ET

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Is he green with envy? The Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno’s manager wife Carla has blasted producers of Dancing With The Stars for not picking her famous husband for the new series. In an exclusive interview with, she claims the producers of the ABC hit show did not even call Ferrigno back despite courting him (for the second time!) to be a contestant.

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“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,” Carla said.  “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.”

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Ferrigno, 57, had held promising talks with the producers just a week before the final decision was made for the ninth series of DWTS which premieres on Sept 21, 2009. The massive 6’4 inch body builder and actor had lost around twenty five pounds in preparation for the tight costumes and strenuous routines. He even brushed up on his dance moves with his wife.

But, mysteriously, his name was not on the final 16 which is the largest number of first round contestants ever to be selected.

“We couldn’t believe some of the people they picked and Lou was more surprised than upset that he wasn’t chosen because we know he would have been great,” she added. “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?”

She does admit that Donny Osmond and Kathy Ireland “were good picks.” Despite the DWTS setback the husband and wife team have another project in the pipeline which they hope will get the green-lit within the coming days.



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