Monday, July 13, 2020

'Dancing With the Stars' Has New Hosts!

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Call it the curse of 2020. Or just call it #2020. I feel like all we have been doing is delivering sad news and now here comes some depressing news for 'Dancing With the Stars' fans. Tom Bergeron has announced he will not be returning as host of the hit dancing competition for the 29th season; his co-host, Erin Andrews, won't return, as well. This is not a personal choice for Bergeron or Andrews but rather a decision made by the network, ABC, Tom shared on his Twitter:

"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 the glitter masks?"

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Bergeron, 65, for his part, has been a host since the series premiered in 2005, even winning an Emmy in 2012. As for Erin Andrews, she took over in 2013 from Brooke Burke-Charvet (Lisa Canning co-hosted first; Samantha Harris took over from 2006-2010) and has been a fan favorite, alongside of Bergeron, having competed on season 10 of the series. It was revealed she would also not be returning in any capacity to 'DWTS' via a statement from ABC and BBC Studios:

“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. 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.”

Social media is already going crazy right since the announcement with fans saying the show will not be the same without Bergeron; they feel the show is being killed; the hosts are more famous than some of the dancers (I loved that); the show will never be the same (facts); and many won't even watch the show when it returns. Though it has been renewed, due to COVID, there is no set date for the show to start filming again. Last year, the show faced controversy when they let go of pros Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev. Looks like it will take some real stars to make season 29 work. We will miss you, Tom!

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