I doubt this is about money, and I will reiterate that Rockne himself never mentioned money, it was just a suggestion in this thread. These skaters wouldn't be competing at this level if choreographing one program put them in the poorhouse. They are prepared to spend money on anything and everything. Rockne has money, he just spends it on what he wants to spend it on. And he has every right to do that, of course. But it doesn't mean that people can't have opinions on this issue.
At the very least, Rockne could have called Mary Beth before the program debuted and given her the heads up as to what was going on, explaining why this was necessary, etc. But based on her interview, they no longer communicate. I guess that is understandable given that he was an adult and she was a teenager when they skated together... But it's also pretty sad to spend nearly every day with someone for a couple years in an emotionally charged skating discipline that is predicated on having a strong relationship with another person, and then to have so much disregard for that person and the partnership that you can't even call her to inform her that you intend to reuse her own program. I think blindsiding her like that comes across as a bit of a slap in the face. Even an email or a text would have been better than nothing, and I would have at least done that, no matter how bitter and angry I felt about her ending the partnership (and I'm sure I would have felt angry, even if Mary Beth left for very good reasons). To me it's just the right and respectful thing to do. But obviously, none of us can tell Rockne what to do or how to feel about his partnerships. All we are doing on a message board is sharing opinions.
I even feel for Lindsay a bit in this situation. She was obviously accepting enough to go through with it (that is, if she really had a say in the matter), but I wouldn't be surprised if part of her felt like a fill-in. But oh well.