Erin Andrews is already in the hot seat as Dancing With the Stars co-host. It was inevitable. And, from a production standpoint, it's probably good that she’s drawing more attention to Season 18.
For whatever reason, Erin caused a bit of a stir when she referenced the James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd showmance on air during Week 4. James and Peta admitted they went on a date before being paired up this season, so of course the show is going to jump on that angle. They've run with less in the past!
In the Celebriquarium, Erin asked the couple to please tell everyone they're dating, "I want a Dancing with the Stars baby!" James and Peta laughed it off, with James making a sarcastic crack after the show, but in jest.
Erin Andrews talked to E! News about the fallout, explaining why she decided to make the dating/baby joke: "To be honest, they're hot. She is delicious. They're doing a hot dance together." All true. “I'm like, 'Oh, please start dating. Please have a beautiful little sequin tanned baby pop right out!' Do I really think that James and Peta are going to have a baby? No. And it's so funny, some of the stuff that I got from it, like, 'I can't believe, that was so awkward!' Why?"
Welcome to the world of DWTS! Oversensitivity is built into the show's DNA, and fans are especially critical of anything said by the co-host. We're 100 percent down with any beautiful little sequin tanned babies that come out of this show, and bless Erin's heart for being bold enough to joke about all the real and fake couples of DWTS. She went through it herself with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Season 10, and it’s all in good fun. But if she really wants a beautiful sequin tanned DWTS baby, she should go visit former pros Alec and Edyta. They just had one!
DWTS Season 18 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.