Whether Matt would perform at all during the premiere was at one point up in the air, as the actor announced on Sept. 21 that he would be stepping away from the show amid the ongoing Hollywood strikes by the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
“I am taking a pause from Dancing with the Stars until an agreement is made with the WGA,” Matt told People in a statement at the time. “I was excited to join the show and did so under the impression that it was not a WGA show and fell under a different agreement. This morning when I was informed by my union, the WGA, that it is considered struck work I walked out of my rehearsal.”
However in light of the WGA announcing they’d reached an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Sept. 24, Matt ultimately took his shot at the mirrorball trophy, though his time on the show was short lived.
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