28 Mar 2017 11:42 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Abby Lee Miller (Image Source: Screenshot)
Abby Lee Miller has announced she's leaving Dance Moms, but it's not for the reason you may expect.
With sentencing for fraud and other charges looming just ahead, it would seem this would be a good time to leave the show. However, she's indicating on Instagram that she's leaving the show because of things happening behind the scenes.
"I will no longer take part in Dance Moms," she wrote. "For the past six years/seven seasons I have asked, begged, and even demanded creative credit for all the ideas, award winning routines, themes, and costuming – to no avail!"
While Miller may not feel she's being given enough credit, she is the undisputed star of the show, and as the star, she lays out how she went to producers with one of her ideas: "Today, I was so proud that I went against the producer's idea (once again) to enter a command performance of one of my favorite numbers ... "Where Have All the Children Gone?" Along with three beautiful solos."
She then switched gears talking about what she enjoys about her job: "I don't have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people's children successful!"
But then Miller had to return to laying into the producers: "I just have a problem with being manipulated, disrespected, and used – day in and day out by men who never took a dance lesson in their lives and treat women like dirt!"
"With the damning Maddie book out and the court case, this has reached a breaking point that could work out better for the show if Abby really goes," a source said of the possibility of doing the show without Miller.
This is in reference to two upcoming events. One is the book The Maddie Diaries, a memoir written by Maddie Ziegler, a young one-time star of the show who has since gone on to star in Sia's recent music videos. The book hit the shelves on March 7.
The other is the upcoming sentencing for Miller's fraud case. She pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and violating currency reporting laws last year, and while her sentencing has been delayed a few times, right now she stands to be sentenced in May. Federal prosecutors are pushing for 2-1/2 years locked up, while her lawyers are hoping for probation.
Dance Moms is in the midst of filming a new season, making it unclear if the episodes that have already been filmed will air. An insider, however, doesn't think anyone should read too much into the star's "latest temper tantrum," admitting she "does this all the time."
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