Tom Bergeron Opens Up About Getting Replaced By Tyra Banks on Dancing With the Stars

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If you’re a fan of “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS), you have definitely noticed some changes this season. We’re not just talking about all of the COVID-19 related changes like no in-studio audience. We’re talking about cast changes.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are no longer hosting the show. They were both told in July that they would no longer be part of the show. 

At the time, they didn’t know exactly what the show meant when they said they were going a different creative direction, but it has since become clear that it meant hiring Tyra Banks to host the show on her own.

There have been mixed reviews about how Banks is doing as the show’s host. She has even admitted that live TV is hard, but she’s still staying positive.

Some fans probably miss the former hosts and wonder how they are coping now that they are no longer part of the show. Bergeron, who had been a host of DWTS for 15 years, recently talked to John Melendez about just that. On the podcast “The Stuttering John Podcast,” Bergeron stayed positive and didn’t go into too much detail, but he did make it clear that he was okay with leaving the show.

“Look, my bottom line is, I’ve had a wonderful career. I’ve got friends who are still on that show, both on camera and behind the scenes, so, out of respect for them, that’s about all I’ll say.”

He explained that when it was announced that he would no longer be part of the show, some of the cast said that they were considering walking away from the show as well. Bergeron didn’t want that to happen, and he talked them into staying.

“Look, you’re building a brand, you’re in your 30s or late 20s or whatever, and I’m an old guy. I’ve made my money. I’m alright, so don’t worry about me. Just go and build your brand.”

It seems that Bergeron was ready to leave the show. He noticed a change in the show’s direction in 2018, and he wasn’t happy about it.

“It started changing early in 2018, there were staff changes and I think philosophical changes about how to do the show. So, I miss the earlier years. I miss up until that point when it had a different vibe, a different feel.”

Bergeron revealed that he is enjoying a break from working on the show.

“I’m kind of digging this time off, and I’m quite capable of being very lazy.”

When asked if he would ever considering going on the show as a contestant, he was quick to respond that there was no chance of that ever happening.

“We’re done, we’re done, that train has left the station.”