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Thomas Beatie also also known as The Pregnant Man claims he "should have" been chosen to compete on "Dancing with the Stars" this season but says, "Chaz Bono stole my thunder."

Beatie told TMZ that he reached out to casting in the hopes of landing a spot a few months ago -- but never got a call back. To

But after DWTS announced that Chaz would be on the show, Thomas says he thinks he knows why he was rejected -- the transgender quota had already been filled.

He also added to TMZ that,

"I wanted to try my new body out. I’m an athlete and I know I would have excelled."