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.”