Che peccato! Ex-Sopranos turncoat Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore said “Fuhgeddaboudit!” to Dancing With the Stars today, after just one week of training for the show’s March 19 premiere. Commented the Associated Press, “Tony Soprano’s hitman-turned-informer is living up to his nickname.” Now, settle down, AP! The 60-year-old actor has every right to step out of the strenuous competition before he’s unceremoniously whacked yet again (well, by the judges and viewers) on national TV. Honestly, we all know, he never was going to win.
Still, Pussy’s pass leaves a hole in DWTS’s fourth-season cast: Laila Ali, Billy Ray Cyrus, Clyde Drexler, Joey Fatone, Shandi Finnessey, Leeza Gibbons, Heather Mills, Apolo Anton Ohno (he’s gonna win, duh), Paulina Porizkova, and Ian Ziering. Not a cuddly big lug among them! ABC is mum on whether Pastore’s spot will even be filled, but that doesn’t keep us from asking: Who should replace him? Maybe … Joseph R. Gannascoli (a.k.a. the late, gay Vito)? Or, I dunno, what’s Sinbad up to these days?