Tonya Harding returns to reality TV in Food Network competition series

Tonya Harding competes on “Dancing with the Stars: the Athletes.”


Tonya Harding makes her return to TV, but this time she is not dancing. The former figure skater will be turning up the heat in the kitchen on the Food Network.

After her stint on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” Harding will now appear on the upcoming season of the reality series “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.”

Allison Page, president of HGTV and Food Network, confirmed the news on the 2018 Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“This week we have wrapped filming on ‘Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition’ to return to the screen at the beginning of the next year,” Page said at the HGTV and Food Network’s TCA panel. “This season, Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence take on the best of the worst celebrity cooks, from Tonya Harding to Morgan Fairchild, to see if they can help them find kitchen redemption.”

In the past members of the cast of the “Celebrity Edition” series of names such as Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Kendra Wilkinson, Dean Cain, Barry Williams, Barbara Eden, Perez Hilton, Carmen Electra, Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson and Ian Ziering.

After the success of the film “I’m Tonya,” starring Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie as Harding, the former figure skater and shot back into the spotlight and with her new fame, a member of the cast of “Dancing With the Stars.”

During the premiere episode of the “DWTS” season, fans saw Harding get choked up at the camera in the rehearsal footage, as she recalled: “I was the best figure skater in the world, and then I had it taken away from me. And it was not just my career. It was my life. I was not allowed to compete…you have people look at you like you are nothing. You start to believe that you are nothing. I just wanted to do what I was good at.”

Harding with her dance partner Sasha Farber on the ABC competition series.


Harding called “DWTS” to her “new beginning” and “a new start.”

The skater, dancer will continue to drive the reality show wave, when the new season of “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition” will premiere in 2019.

Fox News’ Carole Glines contributed to this report.

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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