Why Did They Fire Her?

There are more big changes for ABC's Dancing With the Stars this season. The network let go of longtime host Brooke Burke-Charvet.

Fans began buzzing on Twitter on Friday that Brooke Burke-Charvet had been fired from ABC's Dancing With the Stars. That rumor turned out to be true after RumorFix posted an article and then the TV personality confirmed the news with a public statement.

The reality competition show, which launches its 18th season on March 17, has undergone a series of changes in the last year. The results show on Tuesdays was eliminated for Season 17, and the network recently let go Harold Wheeler and his orchestra in favor of a smaller electronic band. While the show still remains a Top 10 hit, ABC is clearly tightening its belt when it comes to the budget.

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The news for the 42-year-old host came with less than a month until the debut of the spring season. It was obviously a shock to the mom of four, who has worked for the show since 2010 after winning Season 7 as a contestant with pro Derek Hough.

In a statement to E! News, she said, "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."

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According to the entertainment channel's sources, Burke-Charvet had no clue she was being axed from the show when producers called her on Friday afternoon. However, many loyal viewers were not surprised by the elimination. Once the format had been changed for the fall season and the dancers' waiting area was moved to the dance floor, there became very little for the host to do. Most of the heavy lifting was done by Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron.

Burke-Charvet also tweeted out the news to her followers.

It looks like the most shocking elimination happened off of the dance floor for DWTS.


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Comments on "DWTS' most shocking elimination: Brooke Burke-Charvet"

Pat March 25, 2014 | 7:07 PM

I can't believe they fired Brooke and Harold Wheelers Orchestra. They've screwd up this years show. Seems to me they're going backwards not forwards. This new girl SUCKS where did they get her from. The shows format is like a new show they just introduced to us to see if it would make it or not. Bring back the original professional dancers too. Why is it when a shows doing good some idiot decides to change it.

Adrienne March 25, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Too many changes. Love Tom, but Brooke's replacement doesn't fit the bill. Why did Harold Wheeler have to leave? ABC should have left well enough alone. If it ain't' broke, don't fix it!

Jac March 19, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Erin Andrews is the worst ever! Such an annoying voice. Go talk to football players. You are really out of your league here.

AnabelTessa March 17, 2014 | 7:42 PM

I'll never watch Dancing with the Stars again. Can't stand, actually loathe and despise Erin Andrews, Brooke's replacement. I have never missed a show, but as long as the Andrews creature is cohosting, I will not watch. Get rid of the Andrew's dummy.

Cyd March 10, 2014 | 6:18 PM

I'm not terribly happy with DWTS since last year. Now it's merely a competition show. I liked seeing all kinds of professional dancers and groups singing, along with a real band. I don't care at all for the once-a-week format or the crumby results of last season. Seems like with everything else these days, media executives rake in huge money and we the customers pay more for TV and get the cheap end of the stick. Last season I stopped watching after one couple got a perfect score then was booted off. Not sure if I'm going to bother with it this year either.

susan February 25, 2014 | 4:04 AM

Sorry to see her go, any times someone looses a job is sad, but she is young and beautiful, I am sure she will find a better job. Good luck brook. I hope the show realizes they made a mistake and when they do, you are able to say, Sorry I've moved on, but thanks.

Kathy February 24, 2014 | 12:25 PM

No big loss Brooke off the show..lacks intelligence seems very conceited asking same old boreing questions,definitely not needed. Tom can handle it well. Bruno with his flying hands all over the place needs to be slapped down and of course Len should go home to his new bride. Why would anyone in their right mind go on this show when true professionalism takes a back seat to popularity and very worthy dancers are knocked off because of phone ratings. This is definitely going to be the end of DWTS because of this.

Linda M February 24, 2014 | 6:35 AM

It's about time. She was boring, repetitive, and in my opinion just stupid. If it's eye candy you need, leave it for the dancers. Tom is wonderful by himself. P.s. Bring back max

Dawn February 22, 2014 | 7:56 PM

I'm glad that Brooke was fired from the DWTS, because, she doesn't have the personality to be a host....She is conceited in a certain way....Tom Bergeron is the one that can handle everything... The one judge should be gone is, Leonard Goodman, because, he's too old for the younger generation... So, they should have Maks be the next judge....

Doug February 22, 2014 | 6:41 PM

I think its time for the whole show to go.

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