'Dancing With The Stars' Won't Be Returning Next Spring

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'Dancing With The Stars' Won't Be Returning Next Spring

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Dancing With the Stars just wrapped up its 26th season with radio host Bobby Bones and pro dancer Sharna Burness waltzing away with the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

Despite the mesmerizing routines, elimination controversies, and behind-the-scenes drama that would usually keep people glued to their TV screens, this season saw the ratings drop a bit.

Still, the competitive series hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, managed to get renewed for another season, but there's a catch.

Bergeron shared the exciting news of ABC's return to the dance floor on Twitter in November, but gave fans a heads up that exactly when the show will air was yet to be determined.

He also replied to a fan who asked about the possibility of the show returning in the spring of 2019, saying that he doubts that will happen.

Now, we finally have confirmation from the network that DWTS will indeed take a hiatus, so viewers will have to wait until next fall to get their fix.

The reason behind the decision remains unclear, but it either has to do with the lower ratings or the fact that longtime judge Carrie Ann Inaba needs time to settle into her new role on The Talk before returning to her seat beside fellow judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman.

Inaba, who has been on DWTS since its 2005 premiere, was picked to replace Julie Chen, who left the daytime show in September following the sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, former CBS CEO Leslie "Les" Moonves.

If you're a die-hard fan who can't wait almost a whole year for the show to return, you could check out the Dancing With the Stars: Live! A Night to Remember Tour.

The tour, which will make stops in cities across the U.S., kicks off on December 15 and will continue through early March.

"The show will feature professional and troupe dancers in a brand-new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on ABC's hit show Dancing With the Stars ranging from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop," according to the press release.

Your favorite pro dancers, including Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater, and Brandon Armstrong, as well as some of the Season 27 celebrities will be part of the live show.

How do you feel about DWTS not returning in the spring?

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