Sean Avery blames producer for early 'Dancing with the Stars' exit

Sean Avery's dancing career was short lived and he's not happy about it. (USATSI)
Sean Avery's dancing career was short lived and he's not happy about it. (USATSI)

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Sean Avery has gone from former NHL agitator to quasi-celebrity that people have a passing knowledge about. This was confirmed by his being selected to the hit reality show “Dancing with the Stars.” Avery was booted off the show Monday night, however, and he’s not happy about it.

In fact, Avery told the hosts of ABC’s "Good Morning America" he felt it was an exchange with a producer that led to his being cast off the show.


“I think we knew as of Monday last week our fate was sealed,” Avery said. “I had conversation with Conrad Green, one of the producers. I was upset at the package they had run the week before. It was a very tacky attempt to show me as the bad boy of Dancing with the Stars. I think in reality TV or any competition, if you have a disagreement with the producers, that seals your fate quite early.”

Avery also noted on GMA that the dancing was “two weeks of the hardest training” he’s ever done.

It’s a little funny that Avery was not happy about being displayed as a bad boy, as that’s how he came to notoriety in the NHL. He also has never been one to bite his tongue, either. So I don't think this bridge burning on GMA is unexpected either.

Here’s the salsa performance that ended with Avery being voted off the show:

"Get those hips going."

I’m no dance expert, but it looks better than his first effort on the program.

Avery never seemed to have a long shelf life for this kind of thing, but at least we have two dances worth of hockey’s “reluctant bad boy” that will live on forever. Thanks for the memories, Sean.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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