Dance Moms

Abby Lee Quits on Instagram

Just when you thought things couldn’t get more dramatic for Abby Lee Miller, the controversial reality star has tendered her resignation to the folks over at Lifetime…on social media, of course! Whatever is going to become of Dance Moms without its petty and demanding leading lady? I guess it was only a matter of time, given Abby’s legal woes and the potential prison time she’s facing on multiple bankruptcy fraud charges.

At least this way, the exit is on Abby’s terms, and as you can imagine, she is exiting stage left in a giant blaze of glory. Complaining of sexism and a power struggle over creative control, Abby is letting Lifetime have it, with a lot of caps lock, no less.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Maddie Ziegler at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Who would have thought we’d have a Dance Moms post that isn’t about Abby Lee Miller’s ever prolonged fraud sentencing from her many (many, many!) legal woes? Thank goodness for former Dance Moms star (and Abby’s one-time golden ticket) Maddie Ziegler for giving us something positive to write about concerning the show!

Before becoming Sia’s sidekick, Maddie was center stage of the ALDC. She was tasked with carrying every routine, winning every number, and trying to remain tight with her friends as their mothers feuded over Abby’s favoritism of Maddie and her increasing amount of show biz breaks outside the studio. While Maddie is no longer competing, she is taking advantage of all the opportunities she garnered thanks to her time in the Lifetime spotlight. Most recently, the fourteen-year-old has written a book entitled The Maddie Diaries.

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Dance Moms season finale recap

This sentencing has been hanging over Abby Lee Miller‘s head since forever, so I cannot imagine how Abby herself feels about it getting drawn out in such a public manner with no conclusion. And now the Dance Moms star has to wait even longer to hear about her fate since her sentencing that was scheduled for February 24 has been delayed.

To recap, Abby was indicted on 20 different counts of fraud in October 2016. In June 2016, Abby was charged with violating currency reporting laws which allegedly included her having “people sneak $120,000 from Australia via plastic bags.” She plead guilty and Abby (and the Dance Moms) fans are waiting to find out what happens.

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Dance Moms season finale recap

Nine times out of ten, I’m going to feel badly for someone facing something so serious, even with the knowledge that the outcome is deserved by the offender. Sure, Stevie J. of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta fame owes millions in child support, but don’t send him to jail–give him another show! Heck, I felt terrible for Teresa Giudice when she got sent up the river, but dare I say how she handled her prison time is one of the classier things the Real Housewives of New Jersey star has ever done. However, I just don’t feel badly for Dance Moms antagonist Abby Lee Miller. Lock her up for a bit. Perhaps she’ll gain a little perspective and humility. Who am I kidding?

Facing sentencing at a hearing tomorrow and another on February 24th (after what seems like a decade’s worth of postponements), Abby’s legal team is scrambling for a hail Mary so the dance studio owner can avoid any jail time. She’s currently facing up to five years in prison and an excess of $5 million in fines thanks to twenty counts of fraud involving her bankruptcy and generally just forgetting to declare some Aussie currency she brought back into the country…chump change, really.

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Dance Moms season finale recap

Last night’s Dance Moms showcased the competition where Abby Lee Miller’s former elite team would be facing off against the minis, and, per the usual, ugliness and petty shenanigans ensued. Do we think she’s going to end up going to jail?

On the day of competition, the elite team squares off against the minis. Abby instructs the veteran moms to have their daughters write a list of why they hate her so much. Holly Frazier won’t stand to be spoken to in such a manner in front of the girls, and she ushers everyone into the venue. Jill Vertes uses Abby’s words against her, reminding her that everyone is replaceable. Abby is confident that her minis are better at their age and the elite team was back when they were six. The veteran moms question whether the mini moms are okay with Abby’s behavior and they are met with hemming and hawing from the newbies. Ashlee suggests that the women present a united front so Abby cannot treat their daughters badly. Before the competition, the elite girls are in good spirits and glad to be away from Abby and her meanness.

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Is it bad that I’ve decided that yet another hour long Dance Moms episode means that something is right with the world? Perhaps that was Steven Collins’ plan all along with that slew of ninety minute ridiculousness! Either that, or I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Thirty Year Old Grandma!

On last night’s show, the veteran mothers made good on their threat to look elsewhere for training, and Abby Lee Miller threw yet another tantrum. It was pretty amazing, to be honest. In light of Abby’s legal woes and mounting erratic behavior, the women decide to rent out their own studio. The elite team is ecstatic, and Kira gifts the girls with a new team jacket. She’s enlisted a rival dance instructor and famed choreographer given the girls will be performing at a competition with the ALDC minis. Kalani Hilliker is thrilled to be working with Erin, and the entire team seems to have a renewed confidence. An added bonus? No pyramid!

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Thank you, Lifetime! My prayers have been answered. Last night’s Dance Moms episode was only an hour long. Finally! I never thought this day would come! We are back to some semblance of structure. Abby Lee Miller is actually present for the pyramid! If that’s not enough, Jill Vertes gets to throw out her favorite word–favoritism–regarding the minis. It’s status quo once again!

In case you missed the first fifteen hours of this season, Jill is sick and tired of the mini team taking Abby’s attention away from Kendall and the elite team. However, she’s the loudest to cheer when Abby announces yet again that the minis’ latest group routine garnered the most points. In fact, it’s Holly Frazier who is first to challenge Abby regarding the drama surrounding last week’s competition. Kira happily joins in and Jill quickly stops cheering and starts chastising. Stacey, the only mini mom whose name I’ve chosen to learn, is very vocal about how horrible the veteran moms are. Lather, rinse, repeat, week after week, season after season.

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Even though there is always drama happening between Abby Lee Miller and the mothers on Dance Moms, there is a lot more craziness going on behind the scenes with Abby’s legal troubles. This fraud case seems like it will never end. I am curious about the way it’s going to end up. Will Abby end up with jail time? We won’t be getting an answer anytime soon since Abby’s sentencing has been pushed to 2017.

I feel like this case has been going on forever and I have absolutely no involvement, so I can’t imagine how Abby is feeling. And weirdly enough, it’s not even Abby and her legal team who pushed for the sentencing to be later than originally planned.

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