Dancing With The Stars’ Peta Murgatroyd has spoken up about Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews’ exit as hosts of the show.
The dancer, who has been part of the show since 2011, revealed to Us Weekly that she and other pros jumped on a Zoom call together once they were informed of the news.
“To be honest, I was shocked. I was sad,” Murgatroyd told Us Weekly. “I was sad that chapter of the show is done and it made me emotional on the call. I was, like, ‘Oh, my God, Tom’s not going to be there anymore? Like, he is the show.’”
“I’m not disregarding [Erin]. She’s been incredible and an amazing host and somebody who had been through the show before with my husband, Maks. The way that she gave insight into celebrities and she could relate to them, I think really took the show to another level. But, a fresh start! Let’s see what happens.”
ABC announced on July 13 that Bergeron and Andrews would not be returning as hosts for season 29 of the show. Bergeron has hosted the show since its 2004 debut and Andrews joined in 2014 after competing on the series. Shortly after, Tyra Banks was announced to take over as host of the next season.
Murgatroyd also weighed in on her thoughts on Banks joining the show. “I’m sure Tyra is going to be amazing,” she shared. “I’m excited to see what she brings to the show and an incredible name. I have met her before [when I danced] with [America’s Next Top Model winner] Nyle [DiMarco]. She came to the show with him, and she was lovely.”