'Dancing with the Stars' Drops Co-Host Brooke Burke-Charvet
'Dancing with the Stars' Drops Co-Host Brooke Burke-Charvet
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Dancing with the Stars is going to be a lot smaller in its upcoming season. Following the decision to fire the massive Harold Wheeler Orchestra in favor of more prerecorded music, now comes news that Tom Bergeron's long-time co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet will not be returning.

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First reported by EOnline, Burke-Charvet was informed of her current unemployment Friday afternoon, and it seems she had no idea it was even a possibility. In a statement, 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." It's easy to assume the "position" she's referring to are the declining ratings now that it's competing against The Voice.

Brooke-Charvet then showed a pleasant ability to laugh at the sudden termination, adding that "I've seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom but this one takes the cake."

The co-host originally began her time on DWTS by competing on season 7 with partner Derek Hough, winning the Mirror Ball Trophy. She returned in her capacity as Tom Bergeron's co-host starting with season 10.

With Burke-Charvet and the Harold Wheeler Orchestra both gone, the upcoming 18th season of Dancing with the Stars will look quite different. Now we have to wait and see if there will be any more cost-cutting measures to try and save DWTS. Might I suggest even less fabric for the costumes? I assume Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff have been saving the show thousands of dollars every season that way. Instituting a "No shirts" policy for male pro partners might be the only way to keep DWTS around for years to come.

Dancing with the Stars season 18 premieres Monday, March 17 at 8pm on ABC.

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