Dancing With the Stars has been playing a game of musical chairs — or ballroom shuffle — among its hosts this season. Alfonso Ribeiro filled in for Tom Bergeron and Leah Remini filled in for Erin Andrews — both on a temporary basis. Not to mention the judges’ table has seen a mix of new personalities, including Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Olivia Newton-John, adding extra voices to the commentary after Len Goodman’s departure last season. So, with all the chaos, does Bergeron have any preferences for whom he’d like to see on the program?
Of course, Bergeron doesn’t play favorites in public — but he sent out an unexpected plea for Goodman to return to Dancing With the Stars in its next installment. Bergeron tweeted out a link to an article in U.K. paper the Mirror about Goodman’s harsh words for a team competing on the BBC version of the show, Strictly Come Dancing. Apparently, Bergeron has missed Goodman’s honest and tough talk.
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) October 28, 2015
Over the summer, it was confirmed that Goodman would not be back for Season 21 — the current installment — of Dancing With the Stars. But the statement made by showrunner Rob Wade to Entertainment Weekly seemed to leave the door open for Goodman’s return to the program in some capacity.
“Len will not be returning as a judge this season on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ due to his schedule as a judge on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in the U.K. and the birth of his new grandson. He still might be involved in the season at some capacity, but we will have to wait and see.”
Goodman himself said his schedule with Strictly Come Dancing — which also features fellow DWTS judge Bruno Tonioli — was the reason behind his departure. He said in December, 2014, that his mother was in hospital, but because of his commitments, he’d had no time to visit her. With Goodman gone, the judging was left to long-time DWTS panelists Carrie Ann Inaba and Tonioli, as well as former professional Julianne Hough.
While Bergeron’s tweet might have been an off-the-cuff show of affection for Goodman, who did not respond over social media, it may also give hope to fans who want to see a return of the notoriously abrasive host to the U.S. ballroom.
Fans of Erin Andrews can also find comfort in Bergeron’s social media feed, as he confirmed that she will be back in the ballroom after spending two weeks reporting on the World Series for Fox Sports.
Bergeron showed some affection for Andrews’ replacement, Leah Remini, in his Instagram caption of a photo of the two together: “This week I get hugs from Leah Remini. Next week I get hugs from Erin Andrews. Can you blame me for loving my job?”
— Robyn Ross (@RobynRossTV) October 27, 2015
Leah Remini has proved popular with Dancing With the Stars fans, as she was also tapped last year to fill in for Andrews while she covered the 2014 World Series. Remini was a contestant on Season 17 of the show, paired with Tony Dovolani. Dovolani was partnered with Kim Zolciak this season before the Real Housewives of Atlanta star suffered a health scare and was forced to withdraw.
— Laila (@rosewatercandy) October 27, 2015
Dancing With the Stars airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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