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Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews Exit ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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The ballroom dance-competition will look quite different when season 29 of Dancing with the Stars makes its return on ABC.

Longtime host of the series Tom Bergeron (he has been with the show since 2005) and sidekick and co-host Erin Andrews are not returning to the series.  Andrews joined as co-host in 2014 and was a previous contestant.

On Monday, Bergeron got ahead of the news addressing his departure on his Twitter account sharing: “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?”

On Tuesday, Andrews  put out a statement sharing:  “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.”

In a joint statement from ABC and producer BBC Studios, they thanked the duo: “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.”

Just how the dance-reality competition series will look comes this fall in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be seen.

So, what do you think of the departures of Bergeron and Andrews? Who do you think will be named hosts of the series for its upcoming season? Comment below.

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This stinks!

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Danielle Lipsky

I think it sucks that they got rid of the host and co host of the show. No one will do it better! Can’t imagine how they will do it now.

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Sharon Hayden

Hosts change on these shows all the time! After 15 yrs Tom will be missed!

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Sharon Hayden

It will be fine! Happens all the time!They will be missed!

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They made a bad choice hiring Tryna Banks I won’t be watching it she was a horrible host on AGT

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Tyra Banks Named New Host and Executive Producer of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

On the heels of the departures of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as hosts of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, comes word of just who the new host will be!

That gig is going to none other than former America’s Top Model host. Tyra Banks, who will also serve as the ballroom-dance competition’s executive producer for its upcoming 29th season set to air later this fall.

DWTS is watching very closely the coronavirus pandemic of just how and when they can begin production and how the show will look.

With the pick of Banks to helm the show,  ABC said that the team is planning to refresh the format, while “honoring the show America loves”.  DWTS is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, alongside Andrew Llinares.

In a statement, Tyra Banks expressed: “I’ve been a fan of DWTS since its beginning. The fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances, it’s always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk. Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”

Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment shared: “Tom has been an integral part of the ABC family for nearly two decades, from hosting AFV to Dancing with the Stars – we are grateful for all he and Erin have done to make Dancing a success.  As we gear up for the show’s 29th season, we can’t wait to welcome Tyra Banks to our Dancing stage. Tyra is an award-winning multi-hyphenate whose fierce female prowess and influence across many industries have made an indelible mark. Her fresh take on America’s favorite dancing competition will surely bring more than a ‘Smize’ to fans everywhere.”

Valerie Bruce, general manager, LA Productions, BBC Studios, added, “Tyra Banks is an icon whose powerful presence, trademark confidence, and industry-leading achievements inspire us. We are proud to partner with ABC to welcome her as the new host of Dancing with the Stars. This represents a landmark moment in our 28 seasons producing Dancing with the Stars as we take this iconic show in a new creative direction. We offer our sincere thanks to Tom and Erin, whom we will always consider part of the Dancing with the Stars family.”

So, what do you think of Tyra as the new host and EP of Dancing with the Stars?  How will she liven up the format of the show? Comment below.

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ABC Entertainment Pres. Karey Burke Says Upcoming Seasons of ‘The Bachelorette’ and DTWS Have ‘Ingenuity’ & are ‘Thoughtful’

Just how will reality and talent competition series look in the face of COVID-10?  Well, on Wednesday ABC Entertainment President, Karey Burke commented on plans for Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette and the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

Of note: The Bachelorette will be produced in quarantine with the cast and crew not allowed to come in and out of the production while the show is filmed.

Burke shared with Deadline: “I have seen the plan, it is very thoughtful and is being vetted now at the studio level and guilds. I do believe that the show will be able to come together and go into production in July.”

As for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars, Burke was enthusiastic noting they have also presented changes to her and they have the advantage of also being in foreign territories were the shows airs their internaitonal versions:  “I have seen the presentation from the Dancing with the Stars producers on how we are planning to produce this show, post-COVID and with the health regulations in place because they have the advantage of making it in other territories and I am blown away by the ingenuity and the care which they are producing it, “We are bringing all of those innovations to the American broadcast. I’m really confident in their plan.”

Kaitlyn Bristowe, a former ‘Bachelorette” was announced as the first celebrity contestant for the new season of DWTS, when ever that makes it to air.

No airdates have been set for either show, but ABC unveiled its 2020-21 prime-time schedule with Season 29 of’ Dancing” airing on Mondays at 8/7c in its usual timeslot, while Season 16 of The Bachelorette will now air on Tuesday nights at 8/7c.

So, how do you think the new seasons of The Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars will look with safety protocols in place and mandatory? Comment below.

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‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown Wins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Mirror Ball Trophy In Season Finale

Did ‘Bachelor and Bachelorette Nation’ turn out in droves to ensure their gal, Hannah Brown took home the Mirror Ball on Monday night’s season finale of Dancing with the Stars?  Well, during the final night of competition, Brown and her pro dance partner, Alan Bersten had their best performances to date, which could have also swayed the nationwide vote.

Whatever the case, the season 28 finale had Brown besting runner-up Kel Mitchell, and before that Ally Brooke and Lauren Alaina who wound up in 3rd and fourth place, respectively.

Brown looked stunned as host Tom Bergeron announced her and her partner as the winners.  It was just a week ago, she had a tearful confrontation with judge Carrie Ann Inaba over what she felt was an undeserved tough critique of her dance moves.

Following last night’s show, Inaba told US Weekly on the decision of Brown for the crown: “It’s not what I expected. But this whole season has been filled with ups and downs and unexpected twists and turns. I think, always, the right person wins on Dancing With the Stars because it’s a collaborative vote between the judges’ scores and the audience. And what the audience says is very important and we honor it.”

Watch the former beauty queen’s crowning Mirror Ball moment below.  Then let us know, did the right celebrity win the competition? Share your theories in the comment section.

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