Dancing with the Stars: Erin Andrews calls exit a ‘surprise’

Dancing with the StarsTomorrow morning, ABC is going to announce the cast for the next Dancing with the Stars — and there is a big change. In the event that you have not heard, Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are not going to be back as hosts for the new season; the producers and the network opted to go in another direction, and have brought in instead Tyra Banks. She’ll have both an on-camera and behind-the-scenes role, and we’ll see what the next iteration of this looks like.

For now, though, we are still dealing with the exit of Tom and Erin; after all, it’s not something that Andrews herself even predicted. Speaking to Extra recently, she made that clear while also passing along the following message:

“It was a surprise. I got a phone call and I answered the phone. I was like, ‘This isn’t good.’

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Despite the surprising exit, though, Andrews did make it clear that she does still have regular conversations with a number of people behind the scenes:

“I text Tom, like once a week… and the dancers as well. That’s a family… I danced on the show and then worked on the show for so many years, I always call it a ‘Dancing with the Stars Mafia’ — once you’re in, it’s really hard to break away. That’s a tight-knit group. Sasha and I will DM. I’ve gotten lovely messages from the dancers and so forth … Tom was my ballroom quarterback. He was that show’s ballroom quarterback… He was the end-all, be-all of that show.”

We think that moving forward, the biggest thing that Dancing with the Stars does need to retain from the Tom/Erin era is a real sense of some of the fun that was there. They knew when to keep things light and fun, but also when it should be a little more serious.

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