Every popular show has its fair share of backlash. Since the 2005 debut of Dancing With the Stars, fans have been very vocal about what they do and don’t like — and who deserves to be on the show.
In July 2020, there was one of the largest shakeups. Tom BergeronHe announced that he had been hosting the show since its premiere and was being replaced by his cohost. Erin Andrews. The sportscaster joined him in 2014, and the pair quickly became fan favorites.
“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,” ABC and BBC said in a statement at the time. “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.”
BergeronHe also noted that he didn’t waste any of his time. DWTSBeing let go is not the same as bringing an end to an era. “In all candor, the show that I left was not the show that I loved,” he said on an episode of the “Bob Saget’s Here for You” podcast in October 2021. “So, the end of the season that turned out to be my last season [in 2019]I was a little bit naive. I took everything from my dressing room that I wanted. … It was kind of obvious that we were kind of butting heads.”
The show’s executive producer Andrew LlinaresLater, Andrews was open about the decision to remove Bergeron from the cast. Tyra BanksThey will be replaced. (Alfonso RibeiroServed as cohost for season 31.
“I think it’s all about evolution. I think any show like this that has been on many, many seasons needs to continue to evolve,” he told reporters in September 2020. “I think changing the host was all about evolution, it was about making the show feel fresh, making it feel new [and] kind of make it reach out — maybe to a new audience as well, as well as the audience that’s been there for years.”
The hosts aren’t the only ones to start a controversy on the show! Over the years, celebrities, judges, and pros have all been in the news. Check out the gallery below to see some of our most memorable moments.