The show must go on, but Dancing With the Stars is going to have to go on without two of our favorite faces. TV Guide has confirmed that co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are officially departing the series.
ABC and BBC Studios released a statement Monday afternoon, which reads, "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."
Bergeron was actually the one to break the news, tweeting, "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?"
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 has hosted the ABC series since it debuted in 2005. He and judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman have been with the show since its first season, though Goodman took Season 21 off.
Andrews joined the show as co-host in 2014. She shared her own farewell message on Instagram, writing, "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."
Dancing with the Stars, which was renewed for Season 29 earlier this year, was likely to be part of ABC's fall lineup. However, concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the resulting production shutdown makes that seem unlikely.