'Dancing With the Stars' replaces Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, fans say ABC just made 'big rating mistake'
ABC and BBS Studio have stated that both the hosts were being replaced due to 'creative new direction'
The 29th Season of the reality show 'Dancing with the Stars' won’t be the same as its co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will not be seen in the new installment. While Bergeron himself took to social media to make the shocking announcement, the reality show confirmed Andrews' exit, according to USA Today.
Bergeron took to Twitter on July 14 and wrote, "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?"
ABC and BBS Studio told the publication that both the hosts were being replaced due to a "creative new direction". The statement read, "Tom Bergeron will forever be part of the 'Dancing with the Stars' family. 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."
The network is yet to announce the replacements for the duo, which is currently facing production challenges due to the dire circumstances caused by Covid-19.
Fans of the show obviously aren’t happy about losing two of their favorite co-hosts and are blaming the network for letting go of Andrews and Bergeron. One irritated fan expressed, "I'm sorry, but ABC just made a big ratings mistake. You are apart of DWTS as the judges. They should have put more thought in getting better stars than letting you and Erin go. You did not make ratings slip. Social Distancing and Dancing, really?"
"That’s ABC for ya! The kings of messing with a shows chemistry to lower the ratings or giving a perfectly good show the old one and out. The execs don’t watch the shows they only look at stats," added another. Some have stated that they wouldn’t be watching the reality show anymore after losing Bergeron as the host. "Very disappointed in @DancingABC for letting @Tom_Bergeron go. He is stellar in every way. Even his parting words are filled with class, dignity, and professionalism. So much about society has changed. But I thought #DWTS would be something we could always count on. I guess not," one wrote.
"Well guess what? I won’t be watching now! Big mistake on their part. On to bigger and better things for you!" added another to the previous tweet.