Ryan Lochte to Join Season 23 of DWTS Cast After Rio Controversy


UPDATE:

Multiple sources tell Us Weekly that Ryan has signed.

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Ryan Lochte is in talks to join the celebrities competing on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, a source tells PEOPLE.

While the cast of the latest edition of the reality competition series has yet to be announced and ABC does not comment on casting reports, the source says Lochte may be among the front-runners.

The news comes shortly after Lochte, 32, ignited controversy by fabricating a story about being robbed during his time at the Rio Olympics in August.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot, because I have a big heart, and I feel like let down a lot of people,” Lochte told PEOPLEon Wednesday. “I feel bad that I have let people down. Everyone started watching it, and they didn’t watch the athletes,” he continued. “That’s another reason why I’m so hurt by it, because it took away from the Games.”

Dancing with the Stars wouldn’t be Lochte’s first foray into reality television: he starred on brief E! series What Would Ryan Lochte Do? in 2013.

Season 23 of DWTS premieres Sept. 12 on ABC.

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