Billy Dee Williams Departs ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Citing Back Issues, Highlight Hollywood News

Billy Dee Williams is putting away his dancing shoes. The  Star Wars actor, who will be 77 on April 6, is leaving Dancing With  the Stars for medical reasons, he revealed on the Monday, March 31,  episode.

 

 

“I’ve got this chronic back problem,” he said. “I’ve had a wonderful,  brilliant, fantastic blast of a time…Pure joy. And I want to thank every one  of you folks for your support.”

 

 

Williams was the most senior contestant on the show’s 18th season, made it  through the first round of eliminations on March 24 but has struggled visibly  with his routines and rehearsals. “I’m doing pretty good for a 77-year-old, but  I can’t do all the things I did when I was a young lad,” he said in his week one intro package, noting that he has had two hip  replacements.

 

 

 

Viewers will never get to find out what else he had to offer, but Williams is  grateful for the experience nonetheless. “My time on Dancing With the  Stars is an epic moment,” he said. “This is something I’m going to carry  with me.”

 
 
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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