Kylie Gillies has revealed that she almost quit : All Stars following her beloved father Ron Mills’ death in August last year.
The Morning Show host told on Sunday that she had to ‘step away’ from rehearsals as she ‘couldn’t be on television’ while grieving.
Elsewhere in the interview, the 54-year-old addressed rumours she’s the highest paid star on the dancing show, following a report she’s pocketing a tidy $100,000.
‘I had to step away’: Kylie Gillies, 54, revealed to The Daily Telegraph’s Confidential on Sunday that she almost QUIT Dancing With The Stars: All Stars after her beloved father Ron Mills’ death at age 91 in August last year. Pictured with her father
‘Dad passed suddenly within 24 hours. I had to step away from the show and stop rehearsing. I was going to pull out,’ Kylie told the publication.
‘I was off The Morning Show because I couldn’t pretend. I couldn’t be all quiet and upset and ugly with red swollen eyes, I couldn’t be attack on titan xxx television like that.’
Addressing a report in February claiming she’s the highest pair star on Dancing With The Stars, ahead of Olympia Valance on the lowest figure of $25,000, Kylie laughed off the suggestion, saying she ‘would pay Channel 7 to have me’.
Grieving: ‘Dad passed suddenly within 24 hours. I had to step away from the show and stop rehearsing. I was going to pull out,’ Kylie told the publication. In September, Kylie announced her beloved father had died while filming was underway for Dancing With The Stars: All Stars
In September, Kylie announced her beloved father Ron had died, just weeks after celebrating his 91st birthday.
The TV presenter revealed the news of his passing on Instagram, saying that the entire family was ‘heartbroken’ alongside a picture montage of happy memories.
‘Our darling Dad,’ Kylie began. ‘A much-loved husband to my Mum for 57 years, and a Grandpa to four grandchildren who adored him.
‘We are heartbroken but thankful. You looked after us all for so long. Ron Mills 10.8.1930 – 31.8.2021.’
No truth: Elsewhere in the interview, The Morning Show host addressed rumours she’s the highest pair star on Dancing With The Stars, with a report suggesting she’s pocketing a tidy $100,000. Kylie laughed off the suggestion, saying she ‘would pay Channel 7 to have me’
The devastating announcement came just weeks after Sydney-based Kylie was forced to miss her father’s birthday celebrations, after being unable to fly to Hervey Bay in Queensland amid lockdown.
Kylie had instead acknowledged the day with a sweet throwback photo of her with her dad.
The TV anchor captioned the post: ‘Happy 91st dearest Daddy. Not long now ’til we get you that telegram from the Queen.’
Devastated: Kylie shared photos of her beloved father in her Instagram post in September. ‘We are heartbroken but thankful,’ she wrote online. ‘You looked after us all for so long. Ron Mills 10.8.1930 – 31.8.2021’
She continued: ‘Not socially distanced here in this pic ..but, yet again, border lockdowns are keeping us from all being together.
‘I know Mum, Stacy and Julia spoiled you on your special day…as you deserve to be. what does xxx mean from us all down south. Xx.’
While they hadn’t been able to reunite on his birthday, Kylie luckily had been able to travel over to Queensland to spend time with him over the Christmas holidays.
She documented her nightmare last-minute rush to exit Sydney on December 20, as the New South Wales borders slammed shut.
Love: Kylie added that Ron had been married to her mum (pictured) for almost 60 years
Reunited: Kylie jetted out of Sydney at Christmas due to border closures, and caught ‘the last flight’ to Brisbane to be with her mum, dad and sister