When we first heard the news earlier this weekend that the end was here for Brooke Burke-Charvet on “Dancing with the Stars,” we assumed that this was done for one reason and one reason only: To save money. This is an expensive show, after all, and the ratings in the 18-49 demographic have slowly and surely declined over the past several years.
However, ABC may have surprised us all when it comes to this newest headline. In news that was first reported by USA Today, famed sideline reporter and former contestant Erin Andrews is going to be named on Monday to be the latest co-host for the show. When we first listed who we thought were the most-likely contenders to take on this co-hosting gig, we didn’t rank Andrews high on the list of contenders. Why? We wondered whether or not she was going to be able to balance all of her work responsibilities. Plus, she works for a rival network in Fox, and does coverage of many sporting events on the weekends.
However, the source for the publication claims that ABC and Fox are going to establish a relationship that makes things work for all parties, similar to what happens with Michael Strahan. Andrews would continue her weekend duties for the network, and she would work “Dancing with the Stars,” of which she is still a fan, during the week. She brings to the show someone who has a ton of experience interviewing various people, and she came off pretty well on the show during her run.
In the end, this move may be a step up for the show if Andrews is the new co-host, even if it takes her a little bit of time to get used to the gig. People who who she is, and the only awkward moment could come if Richard Sherman is cast as a contestant.
What do you think about Andrews as a possible “Dancing with the Stars” co-host? Share your thoughts below, and sign up now if you want to get a few more news and updates from our CarterMatt Newsletter.