Simone Biles, Charo join ‘DWTS’ cast


A “Bachelor,” a bull rider, a baseball player and, um, Charo and Mr. T are among the cast members for Season 24 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

Current star of “The Bachelor” Nick Viall, former Cubs catcher David Ross and bull rider-turned-model Bonner Bolton will all be competing for the coveted mirror ball trophy when “DWTS” returns on March 20.

They’ll face stiff competition on the dance floor, however, with not one, but two Olympic gold medalists angling for top marks as figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and gymnast Simone Biles have a chance to add new bling to their considerable trophy cases.

But if the incoming season of “DWTS” has a ringer, it would have to be in former “Glee” star Heather Morris. Though Morris came to prominence with her portrayal of Brittany on the hit Fox series, she has been dancing since she was 9 years old.

Here’s the full cast list (with partners) for the new season:

Bonner Bolton (bull rider and model) with Sharna Burgess

Charo (singer and actress) with Keo Motsepe

Chris Kattan (comedian and actor) with Witney Carson

David Ross (two-time World Series champ) with Lindsay Arnold

Erika Jayne (reality TV star) with Gleb Savchenko

Heather Morris (actress) with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Mr. T (actor) with Kym Herjavec

Nancy Kerrigan (gold- medal Olympian) with Artem Chigvintsev

Nick Viall (reality TV star) with Peta Murgatroyd

Normani Kordei (singer) with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Rashad Jennings (NFL safety) with Emma Slater

Simone Biles (gold medal Olympian) with Sasha Farber

Accountants in Oscar mistake off the show


The president of the film academy says the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at Sunday’s Academy Awards will never work the Oscars again.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs said Wednesday that Brian Cullinan, the PwC representative responsible for handing over the errant envelope that led to “La La Land” mistakenly being announced as best picture rather than “Moonlight,” was distracted backstage. He tweeted (and later deleted) a photo of Emma Stone in the wings with her new Oscar minutes before giving presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for best picture.

Cullinan and his colleague, Martha Ruiz, have been permanently removed from all film academy dealings, Boone Isaacs said.

The academy president broke her silence four days after the biggest blunder in the 89-year history of the Academy Awards. She told The Associated Press that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ relationship with PwC, which has been responsible for tallying and revealing Oscar winners for 83 years, remains under review.

PwC released a statement late Sunday and another Monday taking “full responsibility for the series of mistakes and breaches of established protocols” during the Oscar show.

Associated Press

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