Al Sharpton Turns Down 'Dancing With the Stars' Again

By Gabriela Resto-Montero on February 15, 2011 2:17pm 

Al Sharpton tweeted Tuesday that he wouldn't be appearing on Dancing with the Stars anytime soon.
Al Sharpton tweeted Tuesday that he wouldn't be appearing on Dancing with the Stars anytime soon.
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By Gabriela Resto-Montero

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — Alas, there will be no Paso Doble for Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton, who is president of the National Action Network based in Harlem, tweeted that he declined an offer to appear on the hit ABC show "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday.

"I turned down DANCING WITH THE STARS, and people want to know why? I am busy, that's all," Sharpton wrote.

"I am committed to NAN and our projects this year," he said.

Sharpton has twice declined to appear on the show, said Rachel Noerdlinger, a spokeswoman for Sharpton and NAN.

Sharpton turned down a chance to cha-cha, fox-trot and tango on the popular ABC show, which boasts Brisol Palin, Donny Osmand, Joey Lawrence and reality-show mother Kate Gosselin as alums.

The National Action Network, Sharpton's civil rights organization, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

In honor of the occasion, Sharpton will continue an education tour across the country, Noerdlinger said.

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