It’s official. Mary Murphy is not coming back to the So You Think You Can Dance judging table.
Hollywood Life reported on Monday that the 56-year-old judge’s contract with Fox for the hit dance competition series was not renewed.
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) January 12, 2015
The report also includes a full statement from Mary Murphy in reference to her emotional reaction to the news.
“I’m saddened of course to be released from my contract. I’m very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show, So You Think You Can Dance, for 11 seasons. I’m sure there wasn’t a person watching that didn’t know I loved what I did!!”
Murphy also used her statement to bid farewell to the SYTYCD crew and express her sincere gratitude for everything that they did for her over the years.
“Thank you to the dancers and choreographers who inspired and enriched my life every week; to the crew and producers, especially James Breen, Jeff Thacker and Nigel Lythgoe, I thank you for believing in me.”
The 56-year-old choreographer and former ballroom dance champion reportedly did not forget to thank her fans within her statement.
“You always put a smile on my face when I encountered you. It has been a great pleasure and honor to be part of the dance wave than [sic] went global.”
The “Conductor of the Hot Tamale Train” first came to the show back in 2005 during its first season as an original guest judge. Murphy appeared even more throughout the second season and joined the show as a regular judge in Season 3.
Even though she was replaced in the seventh season by Mia Michaels, Mary Murphy returned to So You Think You Can Dance in Season 8.
As seen by the reactions posted on Twitter, there is an abundance of fans and critics that will miss seeing Mary Murphy on So You Think You Can Dance when the hit show returns for Season 12.
So upset that @HOTtamaleTRAIN will not be on SYTYCD next season! Not going to be the same without Mary Murphy!!
— Jessica Lynn (@JessicaLynn1021) January 12, 2015
What do you think about the news that Mary Murphy will not be returning to the show?
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