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It's only been a short time since Ryan Lochte left Rio, following allegations that he and a group of swimmers lied about being robbed at gunpoint. The Olympics swimmer has lost a lot of endorsement deals in the time since, but it looks as if he has figured out his next career move. A report this morning indicates that Ryan Lochte is heading to Dancing with the Stars.
Dancing with the Stars is already scheduled to return to ABC on September 12. Although the date is coming up, the network hasn't officially announced what athletes, actors, musicians and other celebrities have ultimately opted to sign up and compete on the show. However, a source told USA Today that Ryan Lochte has joined Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. A deal was reportedly in the works before the Rio Olympics and has only recently been finalized. ABC has yet to confirm the announcement, but we do expect the entire lineup for Season 23 to come out sometime very soon.
Today, Dancing with the Stars did announce that Maksim Chmerkovskiy is coming back to the series for the new season. Peta Murgatroyd is also out for Season 23, as she is actually expecting a baby with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
There have been a lot of rumors regarding the Season 23 cast over the past few weeks. Gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles' name has been thrown around over the past few weeks. Biles has even said the gig would be a great next step if her schedule works out. It would also have her follow in the footsteps of Shawn Johnson, who actually won the series. In addition, the rumor mill has stated that Amber Rose might also be joining the cast this season.
Ryan Lochte has dealt with some bad press since news broke that he had been robbed in Rio several days ago. Further evidence indicated that a robbery may not have occurred, although details about exactly what happened have been wishy-washy. So far, Ryan Lochte has escaped prosecution over the events, but one of his swimming buddies that was involved, Jimmy Feigen, did donate $11,000 in a deal that allowed him to avoid having charges pressed against him. The media has had a field day over an on-air interview Ryan Lochte conducted with NBC after the events, as well. Maybe a reality TV competition gig is exactly what he needs to start rehabbing his image in the wake of the 2016 Rio Olympics. We'll let you know as soon as the official lineup is announced.
Dancing with the Stars is expected to air on Monday September 12 at 8 p.m. ET, only on ABC. You can find out when the rest of your favorite dramas are returning with our Fall TV premiere schedule.