EXCLUSIVE: Abby Lee Miller on Cheryl Burke taking over 'Dance Moms': 'I bet you she's treated differently'


Abby Lee Miller has plenty of thoughts on her dramatic exit from Lifetime's Dance Moms.

Miller quit the show with an angry Instagram post on Monday, and in an exclusive sit-down with ET on Wednesday, she talked about her reasons for leaving the popular reality series, as well as the show's new choreographer -- Dancing With the Stars' Cheryl Burke.

"I think that's great," Miller tells ET's Nischelle Turner about Burke joining the show. "I only met her once at a housewarming party a couple weeks ago. I'm glad that someone who has worked on a network show for as long as she has on Dancing With the Stars is going to see what I've been working with for seven years."

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"I don't think she's replacing me, I think it's going to be a different vibe," she adds.

But Miller does believe that Burke will get better treatment and a much bigger budget.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 30: Dance Instructor Abby Lee Miller attends the Abby Lee Dance Company LA's VIP Grand Opening at Abby Lee Dance Company LA on May 30, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: TV personality Abby Lee Miller attends Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: TV personalities/dancers JoJo Siwa, Maddie Ziegler, Kalani Hilliker, tv personality Abby Lee Miller and dancer/tv personality Mackenzie Ziegler, accept the Favorite Reality Show Award for 'Dance Moms' onsteage during Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/KCA2015/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Abby Lee Miller and Maddie Ziegler arrives at the 2015 ASTRA Awards at the Star on March 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: TV personality/Choreographer Abby Lee Miller attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (L - R) Shad Moss, Abby Lee Miller, Keshia Chante attends 106 & Park at BET studio on July 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: TV personality Abby Lee Miller visits 106 & Park at BET studio on July 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - JULY 15: Abby Lee Miller signs copies Of Her Book 'Everything I Learned About Life, I Learned From Dance Class' at Bookends Bookstore on July 15, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Abby Lee Miller, The FOX Teen Choice Awards 2014 arrivals (Set B) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. August 10, 2014. (Pictured: Abby Lee Miller)
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"Wait until Cheryl Burke deals with [no costume budget]," she says. At Dancing With the Stars, they have two floors -- an entire building of seamstresses sewing, rhinestoning, fringe -- she's going to have to run downtown to Santee Alley and buy something off the street in her own car, at 4:30 in rush hour traffic after we wrap, when everything is closing, because that's what I did for six years."

"I bet you she's treated differently," she continues. "I bet you the budget is completely different, and I bet you she is never driving her car, with her gas, getting parking tickets that she has to pay, walking up and down the streets looking for fabric on her feet."

She also makes it clear that she didn't quit the show because of the possibility of jail time, after she pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud last June. Miller is still awaiting her sentencing.

"I chose to quit because I don't want to fight for a great idea, I don't want to fight for better music, I don't want to fight for a bigger costume budget," she stresses, fighting back tears.

Miller says she felt deeply disrespected by Lifetime and the show's production company. ET has reached out to both Lifetime and the production company.

"[They] look at me like I was this down-and-out podunk dance teacher from Pittsburgh that they saved," she claims. "I think the word 'respect,' the word 'trust,' and the word 'thank you' was missing from my relationship with the production company."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 16: Dancer / TV Personality Cheryl Burke attends the TAO, Beauty and Essex, Avenue and Luchini LA Grand Opening on March 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Dancer Cheryl Burke attends Kari Feinstein's Pre-Oscar Style Lounge at the Andaz Hotel on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Cheryl Burke attends 'Le Casino' night hosted by Brooks Brothers in Beverly Hills to benefit UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at Brooks Brothers Rodeo on January 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Brooks Brothers)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 28: Tv personality Cheryl Burke speaks on stage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 06: Dancer Cheryl Burke attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'La La Land' at Mann Village Theatre on December 6, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Dancer Cheryl Burke arrives at People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: TV personality Cheryl Burke arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Guests include actor/producer Mel Gibson, 'Doctor Strange' Benedict Cumberbatch, sportscaster Curt Menefee and Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke who were just voted off last nights Dancing with the Stars,' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 11/1/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) CHERYL BURKE, RYAN LOCHTE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2308 - Dancing with the Stars treats viewers to a frightfully delightful night filled with chilling performances on MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RYAN LOCHTE, CHERYL BURKE
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 28: Dancer/TV personality Cheryl Burke (L) and swimmer Ryan Lochte visit Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on October 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2305' - The nine remaining celebrities will set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CHERYL BURKE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2304' - One of the biggest shows 'Dancing with the Stars' has ever put on will unfold on the ballroom floor, as the 11 remaining celebrities perform big spectacle dances for Cirque du Soleil(r) night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CHERYL BURKE, RYAN LOCHTE
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Cheryl Burke visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 23, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke pose as Season 23 of 'Dancing With The Stars' meets the press at Planet Hollywood Times Square on September 7, 2016 in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 29: Kym Johnson and Cheryl Burke attend Kym Johnson's Bachelorette party at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino at on July 29, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: (L-R) DJ Caroline D'Amore and TV personality Cheryl Burke attend Meeting JASMIN Fine Art Exhibition at Ace Gallery on July 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rochelle Brodin/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Cheryl Burke attends the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Dancer Cheryl Burke arrives at iHeartRadio Music Awards on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 10: Cheryl Burke visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 10, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: TV Personalities / Dancers Kym Johnson (L) and Cheryl Burke (R) attend an evening with Kym Johnson from Dancing With The Stars to celebrate the release of her new book 'The 5-6-7-8 Diet: The 14-Day Plan For Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss' on January 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: Dancer Cheryl Burke attends the 7th Annual Unstoppable Foundation Gala held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 20: Cheryl Burke attends the launch of Jennifer Lopez's residency 'JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE' at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
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"The producers, I literally have to say, 'Where the red carpet stops, you stop. Look down at the floor, is that red carpet?' I have to talk to him like he's three years old," she claims. "They continually come into my backroom, this is every morning -- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and sometimes Saturday -- with the boom [mics], disgusting."

However, a source close to production previously told ET that Miller was becoming unreasonable, and had also started making demands after taking a three-week hiatus. "She's spiraling and making decisions that most people would think are not smart," the source said.

Miller also tells ET she also felt manipulated during filming, and claims that producers once made her push her dead dog in a stroller.

"My dog died on TV, they made me put the dead dog in a stroller and push it like she was still alive, and I did it," she claims. "What was I thinking? They manipulated me, and they just got in my head and you just get to the point where you just do it because you can't argue anymore. I can't say, 'That's stupid, that would never happen, nobody would ever do that, that's not real, that's not reality' -- I'm a dance teacher."

However, our source tells ET that Miller's dog was not actually in the stroller in the scene in question.

"She wanted to shoot the stroller scene," the source says. "Production would never make her put a dead dog in a stroller."

Another source close to production told ET on Wednesday that all of Miller's claims are "simply false. Full stop."

Still, despite Miller's obvious issues with the production of the show, she insists to ET that she wasn't fired by Lifetime. In fact, she claims the network is still expecting her to come to work.

"I was not fired," she claims. "I haven't even heard from them yet, and I got a call time for today -- let's make that clear, I still got a call time to come to work today."

Later, Miller makes her feelings clear on if she'll ever return to the show, when asked if she'd ever consider it once the "dust settles."

"The dust is not gonna settle until that producer is dead and they cremate him and the dust is there," she says. "That's the dust."

ET has learned that the current season of Dance Moms that finished taping last week was shorter than normal because of Miller's schedule. Burke will appear as a guest choreographer, as is standard practice when Miller is unavailable. Other choreographers that have or will appear on Dance Moms include Debbie Allen, Travis Payne, Aisha Francis, Erin Babbs, Nakul Dev Mahajan and Laurieann Gibson, among others.

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Our previous source tells ET that staff is pleased that Burke is stepping in to fill in for the rest of the season.

"She will be professional," the source says.

Watch the video above for more on Miller's abrupt Dance Moms exit.

-- Reporting by Brendon Geoffrion

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