Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews’ shocking exit from “Dancing with the Stars” was another step in the show’s “evolution,” according to executive producer Andrew Llinares.
“I think any show like this that has been on many, many seasons needs to continue to evolve,” Llinares said Wednesday during ABC’s VirtuFall panel, per Us Weekly.
“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,” he continued.
In July, Bergeron — who hosted “Dancing with the Stars” since its inception in 2005 — announced he was leaving after 28 seasons.
“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?” the 65-year-old tweeted at the time.
Andrews, 42, joined the series as Bergeron’s co-host in 2014. She also thanked ABC for “6 memorable seasons.”
In a statement to Page Six, ABC and BBC Studios said in July the show will “embark on a new creative direction.” That same month, Tyra Banks was named the new host and an executive producer.
Llinares said Wednesday he believes the show is “working brilliantly with the one host.”
“I think it’s really refreshed the pace of the show, actually,” he said. “I think it’s taken it to a new pace, in terms of moving faster and just feeling different.”
Banks, 46, made her “Dancing with the Stars” debut in September, which was met with mixed reviews from fans. She later addressed critics in a TikTok video.
This past week, “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin got the axe following her panned performance set to the “Circle of Life” from Disney’s “The Lion King.”
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