The dance has ended for “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
ABC said in a statement that the show is looking to “embark on a new creative direction,” and host Bergeron “departs the show with our sincerest thanks and gratitude for his trademark wit and charm that helped make this show a success.”
No replacements were named.
Bergeron has hosted “Dancing with the Stars” since its premiere in 2005.
He went on Twitter on Monday to announce his departure.
“It’s been an incredible 15-year run and the most unexpected gift of my career,” the 65-year-old host wrote. “I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made.”
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
Last year, he made waves when he expressed his unhappiness that former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was among the contestants for the fall season.
Bergeron tweeted that he earlier told producers he hoped the new season would be a “joyful respite from our exhausting political climate” and urged them not to have any “divisive bookings.”
Producers apparently disagreed. “We can agree to disagree, as we do now, but ultimately it’s their call,” Bergeron wrote.
The “Dancing with the Stars” finale that season — No. 28 — ended with Hannah Brown of “The Bachelorette” and Alan Bersten taking the trophy but scored a new low in total viewers among the show’s previous finales.
Still, the finale was the most-watched program on broadcast television, with 7.7 million total viewers.
The network on Monday also said farewell to Andrews, 42, who originally competed as a contestant in 2010 and returned as co-host in 2014.
#DWTS will never be the same without Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews
— Katherine Lind (@katherinelind92) July 14, 2020
“Her signature sense of humor has become a hallmark of the show,” the statement read.
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