Dance Moms

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Abby Lee Miller attends the OK! Magazine Pre-GRAMMY Event at Avalon Hollywood on February 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Desiree Stone/WireImage)

After her indictment in 2015 for attempting to hide $775,000 in income from bankruptcy creditors, Abby Lee Miller was sentenced yesterday to a year and a day in federal prison. This morning she sat down with Good Morning America to talk about the sentencing and what will be next for her post-prison.

What is the next chapter for the former Dance Moms star? “To be a smarter businesswoman. Also, to worry about myself. I have spent so much time and so much energy making other people’s children stars. I didn’t have any children of my own, these were my kids. And I raised them like they were my kids.” When asked if she loved those kids, she tearfully nods and says “I do.”

SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 24: Choreographer Abby Lee Miller attends Whispers from Children's Hearts Foundation's 3rd Legacy Charity Gala at Casa Del Mar on March 24, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/WireImage)

I can’t say that I’m surprised by this news: former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison. She is not the first reality star to get in trouble for fraud and weirdly enough I’m sure that she won’t be the last.

I don’t get why anyone would think it’s a good idea to brag about a successful lifestyle on a reality television show when they don’t want to pay taxes or accurately report their earnings- yet it keeps happening.

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Cheryl Burke - ALDC & Chloe

Ding-dong the wicked dance teacher is gone! Abby Lee Miller huffed, and she puffed, and she screamed, but she couldn’t blow the Dance Moms franchise down – and the cast is thrilled with her replacement, Cheryl Burke. There’s been a lot of changes on Dance Moms, actually, and now former dancer Chloe Lukasiak is speaking out about her “high-stress and intense” experiences on the show with an inspirational new memoir.

Last month Abby Lee publicly quit the show she helped build, claiming that Lifetime execs and producers refused to give her creative credit for dances she choreographed for the ALDC troupe, featured on the show. In the past Abby has also complained that producers forced her to maintain her bully persona for ratings.

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Cheryl-Burke-Dance-Moms

I could never imagine being a dancer or mother on Dance Moms. Aside from not being able to dance and not having a kid, it seems like dealing with Abby Lee Miller would be a lot for any human being to handle.

As a viewer, I live for it every time Abby has a meltdown on screen, but I can see why the actual cast members would be happier now that Cheryl Burke is taking over. It seems like a logical fit since Cheryl is a skilled dancer/dance teacher who has reality TV experience from Dancing With the Stars. I’m curious about how entertaining the show will be since it’s obviously going to be way easier to get along with Cheryl in comparison to Abby.

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Abby Lee Miller

Never say never, right? You know how sometimes, late at night, celebrities like to get on social media and rant? Maybe they’ve had a few cocktails. Maybe it was just a long day. Usually these things get deleted before sunrise, but sometimes you wake up and realize you quit your job in an all caps Instagram post! Such is the case with Abby Lee Miller who bid an Internet farewell to the network who made her a star over seven seasons of its hit show Dance Moms.

Alleging manipulation and a lack of artistic integrity, Abby gave the boot to the production team who she claims reveled in her mistreatment. However, amid rumblings that the show will go on without her (with former Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke at the helm), Abby is back tracking…just a little.

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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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