Bergeron made the announcement on Twitter on Monday night, saying he had just learned the show would be moving on without him.
“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?” he tweeted.
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 co-hosted all 28 seasons of the dance competition show from 2005 through 2020, spanning 15 years and nearly 450 episodes.
On Tuesday morning, Andrews issued a statement of her own on the news of her and Bergeron’s sudden departure.
“Thank you ABC and the entire ‘Dancing With the Stars’ family for 6 memorable seasons,” Andrews tweeted. “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.”
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) July 14, 2020
ABC and BBC Studios said Bergeron has their “sincerest thanks and gratitude” after his many years as host.
“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,” the studios said in a statement to Variety.
In the first season, he was joined by Lisa Canning, who was replaced by “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent Samantha Harris through season 9. Brooke Burke took over from season 10 to 17, and Erin Andrews began her role in season 18. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star and season 19 champion of “Dancing With the Stars” Alfonso Ribeiro filled in for Bergeron for one week in season 21 so he could be with his father, who was sick at the time.
In the most recent season, Hannah Brown, former star of “The Bachelorette,” took home the Mirror Ball trophy with her dance partner Alan Bersten, beating fellow participants including Sean Spicer, Karamo Brown, Kel Mitchell and James Van Der Beek