There were a number of surprising and controversial people within the Dancing with the Stars season 28 cast this morning. When it comes to pro dancers, though, there was an especially big shock. Sharna Burgess isn’t a part of the show for the upcoming season, which is an enormous surprise given that she is the reigning champion.
Do we recognize that Sharna and Bobby Bones winning last season was a polarizing decision? Sure, but they did work hard and do everything that they could in order to provide entertaining routines for the show. We still think that Sharna deserved an opportunity to come back and defend her title, just like so many other pros have done over the years.
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At present, there’s no clear evidence as to why Sharna isn’t coming back to the show — just that she isn’t coming back for now. She confirmed that in a post on Instagram; it doesn’t appear to have been her choice, and the producers of Dancing with the Stars do occasionally have seasons were certain pros get snubbed. Sometimes it’s due to what they feel are the best natural pairings with celebrities; other times, there have been contractual or scheduling reasons behind it. This time, it feels more like the producers just went in a different direction.
It’s disappointing to not have Sharna back for another run of episodes, but remember this — Sharna being snubbed now doesn’t mean that it will be for good. She could be back before too much longer!
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♥️ As I’m sure you’ve heard, I will not be returning to @dancingabc this season. I am unbelievably sad to not be back!!! However, what i can whole heartedly tell you is that It’s all good, ALL love and in this moment I can’t help but be grateful for the time and the journey that I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the incredible talent I’ve shared the stage with and the memories I’ve made. To say the least.. it’s been epic. ♥️ and to have finally won still feels as exciting and special as it did the moment @tombergeron said our names. . After nearly 9 years I feel like I grew up on the show. I am going to truly miss creating, story telling and performing for you all, I’ll miss giving the transformative power of dance to the person in front of me, and I’ll miss seeing my Dwts family every day and watching them work their craft in ways that inspire me. Though nothing could ever replace my love for the show, there are things coming into my world that I’m excited to dive into now that I have time. Everything happens for a reason ♥️ you know me.. I’ll share when I can. I have endless love and gratitude for all of you and for everyone at the show. For my fellow pros you light up the stage time and time again, you are what makes the show magical and I can’t wait to watch you shine. ✨ And to all 12 of my partners… thank you thank you and I adore you. I’ll be watching and cheering this coming season for all of my fam out on that dance floor!!! Good luck everyone, may this be the best season yet! Let’s go season 28!!! ? #dwts