Wheelchair-Bound Abby Lee Miller Returns To ‘Dance Moms’ After Prison & Cancer Battle
In the last year, the coach spent time in prison on bankruptcy fraud charges before learning that she had Burkitt’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system, which is uncommon in adults.
Miller, who is now paralyzed below the waist and wheelchair-bound, returned to the show the same way she left, relentless and candidly honest. In the past, this earned her a bad rep with other coaches, but upon her return they were able to see her in a different light. This time around they praised her honesty and hard work.
While in the dance studio, Miller kept repeating “Everyone is replaceable,” drawing from her own experiences in the past year and a half. “I think what makes it worse is knowing that so many people still want to see her fail,” said one of the moms on the show.
“It’s kind of sad actually, she’s gone through so much,” said another mom. “Losing her team and going through her trial and jail, and then as soon as she gets out to learn that she’s got cancer.”
Fans of the show took to Twitter to throw a celebratory party rather than a pity party for Miller.
Binging on Dance Moms. – I know @Abby_Lee_Miller isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but I love her & I’m rooting for her comeback. When someone is as hard on you as she is, it’s because they care and want the best for you. If they’re indifferent, they don’t giveAF.
— Briana Suggs (@BrianaCeleste) June 5, 2019
If you think I’m going to succumb to the pettiness and drama of another season on Dance Moms then you would be 100% correct. Welcome back Abby
— Monét Masters (@schmonayy) June 3, 2019
Dance moms comes back tomorrow and I’m just so excited to listen to Abby Miller scream at kids to point their toes and watch their turn out!!
— Lauren (@laurr_burke) June 3, 2019
Dance Moms airs Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET on Lifetime.