Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet will be replaced by Erin Andrews alongside co-host Tom Bergeron for the show’s upcoming 18th season.

Brooke Burke-Charvet Fired From 'DWTS'?

News of the shakeup broke over the weekend, on Feb. 21, when a both ABC and Burke-Charvet released statements announcing the change. ABC reportedly didn’t even tell Burke-Charvet they were firing her until that very afternoon.

“I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture. I’ve always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn’t able to entertain because of contractual obligations to the show. I’ve seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom but this one takes the cake,” reads Burke-Charvet’s statement.

Burke-Charvet seemed to confirm the rumors that she was caught completely off guard by her sudden dismissal, later tweeting a message to her fans calling her departure from the show a “shocking pre-season elimination.”

Dancing With The Stars co-host Tom Bergeron responded to Burke-Charvet’s message on Twitter, writing, “won’t be the same without you.”

Burke-Charvet and Bergeron have hosted the show together since 2010. Previously Bergeron co-hosted with Samantha Harris.

Meanwhile, Dancing With The Stars executive producer Conrad Green also released a statement, thanking Burke-Charvet for her years with the show, saying, “We can confirm that Brooke Burke-Charvet will not be joining us next season. She’s been a wonderful part of the Dancing With the Stars family since her triumphant win in season seven and will unquestionably be missed by our entire team. We’d like to thank Brooke for her years of great service.”

Fans of the show are, understandably, upset by the sudden change, with many online swearing to never watch the dancing competition again. But Burke-Charvet says she wants to embrace the change as positively as possible. Burke-Charvet tweeted a message to her fans, thanking them for their support, writing, “I loved my time in the ballroom & I’ll love my next chapter too.”

Burke-Charvet took to Twitter again on Monday, Feb. 24, to insist that she holds no ill will towards Dancing With The Stars and is happy with the time she spent on the show.

Meanwhile, Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba tweeted that fans should “send [Brooke] our love.”

Still, Burke-Charvet maintains her sense of humor amidst less than pleasant rumors surrounding her sudden exit from the show. Monday evening, she and Bergeron exchanged playful tweets about her exit, joking about the true reason she was asked off the show: because she is starting a new show with the 28-member orchestra that was also recently fired.

The orchestra of musicians and singers will be replaced by Ray Chew and his band in the show’s upcoming season. That announcement also ruffled a few feathers, though Green insists that it was a necessary change that will allow for them to play a more eclectic variety of songs.

Erin Andrews To Co-Host 'DWTS' With Tom Bergeron

New host, Erin Andrews, who is another former DWTS competitor, expressed her excitement on Twitter, but also took a moment to acknowledge Burke-Charvet, writing that she knows she has “HUGE shoes to fill.”

Andrews will join the dancing competition for it’s 18th season, along with rumored contestants Nene Leakes (Real Housewives Of Atlanta) and Candace Cameron Bure (Full House), though neither have been confirmed.

Dancing With The Stars will officially announce the upcoming season cast on Tuesday, March 4, during Good Morning America. And Dancing With The Stars season 18 begins Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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