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The newest contestant to be announced for the 21st season of Dancing With the Stars, which will debut on September 14, makes this one an especially interesting lineup. Gary Busey will join Bindi Irwin, Victor Espinoza, Hayes Grier, Alexa and Carlos Pena Vega, Chaka Khan, Andy Grammer and Nick Carter on the ABC reality show.
Of course, Gary is no stranger to reality television, having appeared twice on Celebrity Apprentice and the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, winning its 14th season in 2014.
The 71-year-old was mostly best known for his roles in The Buddy Holly Story and Point Break, but in recent decades he’s become much better known for his rocky and often tragedy-filled life that has included drug addiction, rehab, arrests for domestic violence, off-the-wall interviews, converting to Christianity, health scares, and, in 1988, a rather horrific motorcycle accident that almost left him dead.
Because Gary wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, the accident was nearly fatal, flipping him over the handlebars and cracking open his skull on a curb. He was in a coma for a month.
In 2013, he told the late Joan Rivers, “My brain has been altered… to a high dimension in the spiritual realm. And that’s where I operate consciously and unconsciously.”
Despite all of this, he’s floated in and out of the spotlight over the years – and now, it seems he doesn’t want to leave.
Gary rode into Jimmy Kimmel’s studio atop a white stallion on Tuesday, September 1, donning a glittery red cowboy suit as the host of the show announced that he’d be the ninth official contestant on the much anticipated next season of DWTS.
The one-time Academy Award nominee exclaimed, “I am so proud to be here with you announcing this incredible mile changing thing.”
When Jimmy asked what made him decide to agree to be a part of the show, Gary answered, “I didn’t have anything else to do!” before going on a ride around the studio set on the impressive steed.
After circling around the talk show host, he stopped in front of the audience and pleaded, “”Listen everybody, please pick up your telephones and vote for me,” just before leaving the set as quickly as he’d arrived.