Kelly Hyland and Christi Lukasiak, two of the most vocal moms from Dance Moms, had a fight last episode, which lead to a series of exchanged F-bombs and some authentic-looking expressions of emotional pain.
The two women have been allies on the show, often joining together to fight with Abby Lee Miller--the dance guru who rules the Lifetime reality show and the Abby Lee Dance Company--who the moms frequently accuse of being unfair to their children.
But last week, all their rage turned on each other instead. After Christi's daughter Chloe messed up during a dance competition, Christi walked out in a huff--before Abby could denigrate the performance. For that, Abby retaliated by suspending Chloe from the dance troupe for a week.
On the show, Kelly said she called to console Christi; the overwhelmed Christi insisted that Kelly had not. That's what the argument boiled down to--at least in the clips that were aired.
But after the episode with their fight aired last week, Kelly took to Twitter to clarify the situation with a series of accusatory tweets :
- "A real friend would not use a lie to make herself look good in a fight." Kelly wrote.
- "Once again, noone sat in that parking lot for my kids. This is edited TV." Kelly tweeted later.
- "Christi, u did not stick up for me or my kids...you and all the moms sat in the parking lot for more $$$$ it had nothing to do with my kids."
Kelly was apparently referring to the drama that dominated the premiere of Season Three, when Kelly pulled her two daughters, Brooke and Paige from the show over what she perceived as their mistreatment--and then was banned from returning. (Paige was allowed to return in Episode 4 but Brooke wasn't until Episode 7.) Meanwhile the other moms stayed away for the first two weeks, supposedly in support of Kelly, but maybe more as a ploy to improve their own salaries.
After the off-screen drama of last week, there's no telling what tomorrow's episode will bring (but, rumor has it that the episode features one of my favorite moms, Kaya, the ousted lesbian who the other moms nicknamed "Black Patsy" and whose appeal to Holly Frazier, "as a sister," caused the Dance Mom to angrily retort, "Do not refer to me by my ethnicity and make me a poster child for whatever.").
I'm also eager to find out the whole truth to this story, especially whether the moms were protesting for more money or for Kelly's kids to be returned to the team. If it was really the former, rather than the latter, and Dance Mom producers edited it to appear otherwise, I'll be disappointed.
I prefer when the manipulations happen on screen, not behind the scenes.
Dance Moms airs Tuesdays on Lifetime at 9/8 PM Central.
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