‘Dancing with the Stars’: William Shatner agrees to truce with Nick Viall, but readers agreed with Shatner

As we recently covered, season 24 of “Dancing with the Stars” has prompted the unlikeliest of celebrity wars. Emmy winning actor William Shatner, of “Star Trek” and “Boston Legal” fame, followed Monday night’s season premiere with an aggressive Twitter campaign against current contestant and recent “Bachelor” star Nick Viall, urging “DWTS” fans to vote for “anyone but Nick.” But host Tom Bergeron intervened in the one-sided battle, and now Shatner seems to have softened his position. See the conciliatory tweets at the bottom of this post.

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“Happy birthday,” said “DWTS” host Tom Bergeron on Twitter on March 22, when Shatner turned 86. “Any chance I can negotiate a truce between you and Nick Viall?” Shatner grudgingly agreed to a cease-fire, but told Viall as a parting shot, “As a Dad with daughters I’m not happy with what you’ve done in the past. Maybe you’ve matured now?” So I guess Ryan Murphy will have to look elsewhere for another season idea for “Feud.”

The irony is that when we polled our readers yesterday, most of them sided with Shatner in wanting Viall voted off the show. 54% of respondents are hoping to see him sent home, while 46% are wishing him well. But our latest racetrack odds favor the well-wishers. “Bachelor” alums usually underachieve on “Dancing with the Stars,” but Viall got off to a solid start, landing in the middle of the pack with 24 out of 40 points from the judges. He’s unlikely to be eliminated with 40/1 odds; instead our users think comedian Chris Kattan, who finished at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard, will be the first celeb sent home.

What did you think of this blink-and-you-miss-it celebrity beef? Do you think it will have any impact on the competition? Remember that season 23 of “Dancing with the Stars” began with Ryan Lochte protested on live television for his antics at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but he lasted several weeks before he was eliminated in seventh place.

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