Less than 24 hours before the "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 casting announcement, which is set for the Sept. 4 edition of "Good Morning America," rumored participant Gabby Douglas confirmed her season 17 status during a Sept. 3 "Access Hollywood Live" interview.
During a morning sit-down with show co-hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist said that despite rumors to the contrary, she will not appear as a celebrity mirror ball hopeful on "DWTS." Although she admitted that she does "love watching it," her focus is on training to make the Olympic gymnastics team that will compete in Rio in 2016.
Douglas' sudden move to Los Angeles over the summer sparked speculation that she hoped to begin a career in entertainment, and a stop in the "DWTS" ballroom seemed a logical step to take. She would've been far from the first Olympian to compete. Most recently, Douglas' teammate Aly Raisman competed in the spring 2013 season, finishing a very respectable third with pro partner Mark Ballas. The list of Olympic athletes turned "DWTS" contestants also includes speed skater Apolo Ohno, gymnast Shawn Johnson, soccer star Hope Solo, figure skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Evan Lysacek and others.
Douglas' reveal doesn't come as a surprise to rumor watchers, as spoiler source DWTSGossip confirmed with a Sept. 2 tweet that a list leaked by TMZ on Aug. 28 referenced the correct six female celebrities who will participate. Confirmed celebs include "Saved by the Bell" alum Elizabeth Berkley, "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini, "The Voice" social media correspondent and singer Christina Milian, "Glee" alum Amber Riley, and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" actress Valerie Harper.
The entire "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 cast will be officially revealed Sept. 4 during "GMA."