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Dancing With The Stars producers aren't quite ready fora same-sex couple on the ballroom floor after Portia de Rossi didn't pan out, according to reports.

"If Portia agreed, this would have been a done deal," an ABC insider says.

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Ellen DeGeneres' actress wife "was the only star that really could have pulled this off without completely offending the program's conservative viewers."

Ellen still dances a lot on her show, at least.

Portia was rumored to be going Dancing next year, but turned down overtures from the network for unknown reasons. As a result, the show "isn't in a rush to have a same-sex dancing couple just to get attention and publicity."

The show has a soft spot for stunt casting - Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin are just the newest, best examples - but DWTS isn't out to push the envelope.

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Is Portia DeGeneres considering joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars next season? If and when she does, would she be given a same-sex partner?

Phoning in this morning to Ryan Seacrest's radio show, Ellen DeGeneres' wife discussed both possibilities. She didn't confirm anything, nor did she pass.

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"They're planning to feature a same-sex couple. You're at the top of the list," Ryan told her. "Goodness, you really do break news," she replied, startled.

"I'm not gonna pass, let me think about it," the Arrested Development star said. "I used to be a ballet dancer, it's not completely a pass. You never know."

DWTS producers are keeping close tabs on the Israeli version, which is about to feature the first same-sex pairing in any of the international  editions.

If that goes well, we could see a similar move in the U.S.

Portia, who's been making the rounds to promote her new book, Unbearable Lightness, said she's gotten "more honest and open about my sexuality."

Being on Dancing With the Stars with a woman would certainly be a step in that direction. What do you think of the idea of same-sex partners on DWTS?

 

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