The internet has been abuzz with reports that Mary Murphy is en route out of “So You Think You Can Dance,” and Mia Michaels is returning to replace her. Don’t believe
them, according to Murphy. “Whatever you hear this entire summer, it’s probably going to come from my ex-manager,” she tells us. “And you’re probably going to keep hearing things too, because we’re in a legal matter and it’s all about money. It has nothing to do with Fox, nothing to do with Mia Michaels.”
The ebullient dance icon with the 20 megaton laugh isn’t laughing when she adds that “managers taking money from people is the oldest story in the book in this business, but I never thought it would happen to me.”
She’s determined not to be “one of those people who pay someone to go away. That’s not me. I’m Irish. I’m in it for the long haul.” She talks about taking her case to court, where, she declares, she is confident she would win.
But in the meantime, Murphy says she won’t be surprised if there’s some sort of new flap every week just before she goes on the air on “SYTYCD” — which is now into this season’s live performance episodes.
As far as any friction between her and Michaels, “There’s never been anything between me and Mia Michaels, my goodness! I certainly admire her unbelieveably, and I tell her that every chance I get. Her work is inspirational, and the bench piece she did is one of my favorites. You can see it on line, where Fox did our Top 10,” adds Murphy, referring to a Michaels-choreographed number with a couple dancing over, around and atop a park bench.
Murphy does laugh her huge laugh when the topic of her relationship with exec producer and fellow judge Nigel Lithgoe comes up. Sometimes the two toss zingers at each other like an old married couple. “Yeah! I’m glad you noticed that because we truly do have fun and love what we do. We love being dancers. We’ve been dancers our whole life and we just have a ball up there. We love what we’re seeing!
“I can’t be more excited because this season truly is the best season, I think we’ve ever had. We always say, ‘How can we beat that?’ But it’s true, these dancers keep getting better and better, just like athletes keep getting better and better.” And that’s not just hype: we’ve seen some of the most breathtakingly creative, amazingly executed dances ever in Season 9.