Dancing with the Stars fans reacted on social media after a teaser for Good Morning America promised a “highly anticipated” and “exclusive reveal” this week live from the ABC morning program’s studio in New York City.
“THIS. IS. NOT. A. DRILL.” teased the announcement on the official Good Morning America Instagram page. “@DancingonGMA exclusive announcement TOMORROW LIVE from Times Square!” the post read.
The glitzy promo for the pro dancer announcement for the 29th season of the ABC celebrity ballroom competition was clearly an attempt to hype up the upcoming season that will debut new host and executive producer Tyra Banks. However, it seems longtime fans wanted no part of it.
In the comments section, viewers continued to threaten a boycott of the long-running show one month after the unexpected firings of hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
Several fans revealed they deleted Dancing with the Stars from their DVRs when Bergeron and Andrews were fired and stated they would not be watching the new season.
“‘Highly anticipated.’ Yeah right,” one commenter wrote. “Bring back Tom and then maybe we’ll talk.”
“No Tom. No Erin. Who cares,” added a second person.
“If Tom and Erin are still out, so am I. Say no to the new host,” chimed in a third user.
“Are you announcing that Tom is coming back?” a fourth wanted to know.
Other viewers addressed the pro dancer announcement. Specifically, they wanted to know about two pros who are no longer with the show.
Several commenters wrote that Dancing with the Stars “better” bring back Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev for the next season. Both longtime pro dancers were unceremoniously let go from the series in 2018.
Based on the many negative comments ahead of the cast announcement, it appears that DWTS viewers are more focused on who won’t be on the show than who will be on it.
With Bergeron out and Banks in, the only confirmed celebrity constant so far this season is former Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristow. In addition, veteran judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli are all expected to be back when the celebrity dance competition kicks off later this year.
While details for the pandemic-era version of the competition are still very limited, in her own promo, Bergeron’s replacement has already made the promise that the new incarnation of Dancing with the Stars is “going to be so next level.”