Dancing With the Stars is moving in a “new creative direction” without hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
“Tom Bergeron will forever be part of the Dancing with the Stars family,” ABC and BBC Studios said in a joint statement Monday. “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.”
Bergeron began hosting the dancing competition in 2005, when the series launched. He won an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality Competition category in 2012.
The longtime host took the news that he was being replaced in stride and posted a humorous statement on Twitter.
“Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me,” he tweeted Monday afternoon. “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?”
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
Former contestant Erin Andrews began co-hosting DWTS in 2014.
“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,” ABC and BBC Studios said.
Andrews tweeted a statement on Tuesday thanking the network.
“Thank you to ABC and the entire Dancing With the Stars family for 6 memorable seasons,” she wrote. “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 the set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels.”
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) July 14, 2020