Tom Bergeron Leaving ‘DWTS’ After 15 Years: It Was The ‘Most Unexpected Gift Of My Career’

Tom Bergeron has received unexpected news: ‘DWTS’ will be ‘continuing’ without its longtime host. Fans were devastated after the popular TV personality made the announcement on Twitter.

Tom Bergeron, 65, has learned sad news: he will no longer be hosting Dancing with the Stars, a job that he’s held since 2005. “Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made,” he tweeted on July 13. Keeping the mood lighthearted, the jovial TV host added, “That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?”

HollywoodLife has reached out to ABC for comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication. Tom has kept his good sense of humor, regardless. In response to Tom’s upsetting message, comedian Randy Rainbow tweeted, “I’ll be right over” with a sparkling heart emoji. Tom replied, “On the plus side, Now I’m free for our socially distanced lunch!”

Tom didn’t say why he was let go from his longtime gig, and still made it seem like he’d be returning to the dancing competition show just two weeks ago. On June 23, he shared a promotional photo for Season 29 of DWTS and joked, “I wonder if the spray tan equipment can be refit as body sanitizers?” DWTS was renewed at the end of May, and is set to return this fall of 2020. However, no official premiere date was given after the coronavirus outbreak halted production for many shows in the United States.

Fans were left both devastated and angry over the news of Tom’s sudden departure. “No!!!!! You are the best. And all class,” television journalist Maria Stephanos responded on Twitter, while fellow reporter Desiree Murphy wrote, “Tom, thank you for 15 years of pure joy. You will be missed. I cannot imagine the show without you :(.” Tom’s Twitter mentions were filled with similar notes, like, “Nobody can replace you Tom, you were the heart and soul of that show and everybody knows it. What a loss to them that they are continuing without you. Deeply saddened and angry about this. WE LOVE YOU.”

Tom is a beloved face on TV, and also hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos between 2001-2015. Prior to that role, he hosted Hollywood Squares between 1998-2004. [SPOILER] Tom also recently competed as the Taco on Season 3 of The Masked Singer, which aired its finale in March of 2020.

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