Fans of the television show “Dancing With The Stars” were shocked this past July when host Tom Bergeron was abruptly fired and replaced by the supermodel Tyra Banks. This was particularly shocking given the fact that Bergeron had hosted the show ever since it premiered way back in 2005.
Now, Bergeron has spoken out to reveal to his fans what his next big project is.
Much to everyone’s surprise, Bergeron is writing a novel!
“Pandemic Diary: Hit the 10,000 word mark on the novel I’m writing,” Bergeron wrote on Instagram. “Only about 70,000 words to go 😳. Now to get off my butt and hit 10,000 steps. Only about 9060 to go 😩 #down4thecount.”
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This comes after Bergeron confirmed that he will never be going back to “Dancing With The Stars.”
“When people say, ‘I’m not gonna watch until you’re back,’ I say, ‘Well, there’s really no ‘until’ here,'” Bergeron explained, according to Entertainment Tonight. “This train has left the station.”
“I appreciate the sentiment,” he added. “[But] I don’t hold it against anybody if they [watch].”
Bergeron went on to talk about his favorite aspects of hosting “Dancing With The Stars” for 28 seasons, saying it was all about “the friendships I have with people who were on camera and behind the camera.”
“I used to throw midseason parties for cast and staff. It helped create a sense of solidarity,” he recalled. “And then we’d try to sober up the next day.”
While reflecting on his plans for the future, the seasoned television host admitted that he’s enjoying a rare bit of downtime right now.
“I’ve hosted every format imaginable. There’s no real fire in my gut to do it again,” Bergeron said. “Having said that, I’m always open to surprises.”
Back in September, executive producer Andrew Llinares defended the decision to fire Bergeron and his cohost Erin Andrews despite the backlash from fans.
“It’s all about evolution,” he said at the time. “Any show like this that has been on for many, many seasons needs to continue to evolve. So I think changing that host is all about evolution. It was all about making the show feel fresh, making it feel new and make it reach out to a new audience — as well as the audience that’s been there for years.”
“I think it’s really refreshed the pace of the show. It’s taken it to a new place, in terms of moving fast and feeling different. I think that there’s a real danger when a show has been on for a long time that the audience almost gets bored of the rhythm of it. It doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with it, just that it gets a little boring,” Llinares added. “I think it’s changed the rhythm of the show in a really exciting way. I think Tyra is doing an amazing, amazing job.”