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

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Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews exiting DWTS
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It’s the end of an era for Dancing with the Stars fans. The show’s hosts, Tom Bergeron announced on Monday, July 13, that he is leaving the show after 15 years (28 seasons). Co-host Erin Andrews will also be departing.

In a post on Instagram, Tom broke the news with a jovial caption that read, “Just when I figured out how to work the spray tanner! 😉.”

The message read, “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.”

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In true Tom Bergeron fashion, he concluded the announcement with a joke. “That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?”

Tom began his stint as host on Dancing with the Stars in 2005. He withstood a revolving door of female co-hosts including first co-host Lisa Canning, Samantha Harris, Brooke Burke and finally Erin Andrews, who remained his co-host during seasons 18-28. It was also announced that Erin would not be returning either.

ABC and BBC Productions released a statement regarding both Tom and Erin’s departures.

“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,” the joint statement read.

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“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.”

During his time with the show, Bergeron earned 9 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, winning in 2012. In his long standing relationship with ABC, Tom also hosted the ABC Series America’s Funniest Home Videos in 2001, ending his run in 2015.

We’ll have to stay tuned to see what’s next for the talented host. His most recent stint found Tom masked as a Taco on the hit FOX reality competition series, The Masked Singer

No word yet on when the 29th season of DWTS will return.