Dancing With the Stars is bidding farewell to its longtime host, Tom Bergeron.
For 28 seasons, Dancing With the Stars fans have enjoyed the hit competition series with host Tom Bergeron’s commentary along the way. Now, the series is gearing up to move on to the future without Bergeron in tow.
The host took to Twitter on Monday (July 13) night to share with fans far and wide that he will no longer be part of the dancing competition series.
“Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career,” tweeted Bergeron. “I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?”
Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It's been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I'm grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) July 13, 2020
Bergeron isn’t the only one moving on from DWTS. In addition, his fellow co-host Erin Andrews took to twitter on Tuesday (July 14) morning to share that would also be departing.
“Thank you ABC and the entire ‘Dancing With the Stars’ family for 6 memorable seasons. Those years wouldn’t have been as special without my loving host Tom Bergeron, the talented dancers, and witty judges. I will always cherish my days on that set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels,” tweeted Andrews.
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) July 14, 2020
In a statement released to Variety, ABC and BBC Studios revealed that the decision to cut ties with Bergeron and Andrews comes down to taking DWTS in a different creative direction.
“Tom Bergeron will forever be part of the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ family. As we embark on a new creative direction, he departs the show with our sincerest thanks and gratitude for his trademark wit and charm that helped make this show a success,” reads the statement from the networks.
“Erin will also not be returning, and we appreciate all that she brought to the ballroom. Fans have been rooting for her since she originally competed as a contestant back in 2010, and her signature sense of humor has become a hallmark of the show.”
There’s currently no word on when we can except Dancing With the Stars season 29 to premiere, but it’ll be interesting to see what changes the competition series makes in light of Tom Bergeron’s departure.