Who should fill Big Pussy's 'Dancing With the Stars' slot?

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‚Äôs 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?

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  • Heather

    Forget the big lovable lug angle, we need the older lovable lug. I vote Ed McMahon. His hips may not allow for some of the fancier moves, but he’s got style, he’s got grace…

  • kathryn

    Is Jonathan Frakes too handsome to be considered cuddly?

  • Ep Sato

    Frakes is too good looking and too thin. They need a fat guy. What about the dude from King of Queens? He was pretty lovable in Hitch. That said, there’s plenty of big actors who met with untimely ends in the Sopranos, I say go with one of them.

  • M. Golic

    Mike Greenberg of Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN has openly lobied for a spot. I would not be surprised if he is selected for the spot.

  • Howard

    Two Words:
    That’s right; Hoboken’s own Joe Pantoliano. He’s got the gangsta cred, and he’ll have the style as well.

  • M&M Fan

    Give the spot to Greeny!

  • M&M Fan

    Give the spot to Greeny!

  • Mk

    Joey Pants. Joey Pants. JoEY PANTS!

  • Lauren

    The Price is Right host, Bob Barker. You get on the wrong side of him and you’d think he could kill you.

  • Ep Sato

    Lauren, Bob Barker CAN kill you. The dude studied kempo from Chuck Norris. Those scenes from Billy Madison weren’t BS, that old man can fight!
    And mega props to whoever said “joey pants”. I vote for the cigar smoking Gladiator fan with the bald hair!

  • Ryan

    Tara Reid

  • furry_tom

    I saw Sinbad just last week. He was rooting around in the dumpster behind my apartment complex scraping the cheese out of empty pizza boxes.
    How about Al Gore? I don’t know if he’s cuddly, but he’s certainly bloated looking.

  • Anonymous

    Ep Sato…I think you mean Happy Gilmore.

  • Barbara

    I think Al Sharpton would be great….

  • Diane

    Greeny. Greeny. Greeny!

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