Erin Andrews Once Said Co-Hosting ‘DWTS’ Allows Her to Do 1 Thing She Can’t as a Sports Reporter; Have a ‘Playful Side’

Erin Andrews is no longer part of Dancing with the Stars. She and fellow co-host Tom Bergeron will not be returning to the program for new episodes, ABC announced on July 13, 2020. In a statement, the network announced they’ve decided to “embark on a new creative direction” with DWTS that doesn’t include the co-hosts.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews on 'Dancing With the Stars'
Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews on Dancing with the Stars | Eric McCandless / Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

While fans wonder who will replace Andrews and Bergeron, we’re taking a look back at the early days of Andrews’ time on DWTS. Keep reading to find out why the TV personality once said co-hosting the show allowed her to be more “playful.” 

Erin Andrews competed on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in 2010

A successful sports reporter, Andrews entered the ballroom in DWTS Season 10. Airing in 2010, Andrews teamed up with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Together, they danced their way to third place. 

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy during rehearsals for 'Dancing with the Stars'
Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy during rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars | Harper Smith/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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They lost out to Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and professional dancer Derek Hough, who took home the show’s mirrorball trophy.

She joined the show as a co-host in 2014

After her run as a competitor on DWTS, Andrews switched gears to join the cast of the show. In 2014, she became a co-host alongside Bergeron. Andrews took over in DWTS Season 18 from Brooke Burke-Charvet, who had co-hosted the series in seasons 10-17. While on DWTS, Andrews continued to work with ESPN and later, FOX, as a sportscaster.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ allowed her to ‘have a bit of a personality’

After being named the new co-host of DWTS in 2014, Andrews spoke with ABC News about her “playful” questioning style. Customarily, she’d chat with contestants before and after their performances. Andrews opened up about her goal as a co-host, noting she wanted to emulate Michael Strahan’s playfulness on LIVE With Kelly and Michael

“The biggest thing I would like to do and what I told the producers, ‘I just want to be really good about being playful,’” she said. 

Andrews continued, saying her job as a sportscaster doesn’t afford her the same opportunity. 

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“In the sports world, I can’t be like that,” she said. “On Dancing with the Stars, they don’t want me to be so serious. The cool part about doing this show is showing I have a bit of a personality and playful side.” 

She added that as a sideline reporter, asking the right questions is paramount. 

“Since I was 21 years old working in sports, especially being a female in the sports world, you better ask the question everybody wants to know,” she said. “Because if you don’t, you don’t know the game, you don’t know the sport, you don’t know what you’re talking about and you’re not going to be on the sidelines for very long.”

What’s next for Erin Andrews after ‘Dancing with the Stars’?

Since the announcement about DWTS going in a “new creative direction,” Andrews hasn’t shared what her next move will be. And neither has ABC. The network has yet to share who will replace Andrews and Bergeron in new episodes of DWTS.

As for Andrews, she may opt to focus solely on her sportscasting duties. Or she may join another competition series as a host or co-host. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next for Andrews and DWTS.

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