Goodbye, Glitter Pit; Hello, Erin Andrews! Tom Bergeron Talks 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 18 Changes
Tom Bergeron (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Ready for a new twist to the tango? When "Dancing With the Stars" kicks off its 18th season next week, the celebrity ballroom competition will feature a new band, a new cast, and a new partner switch. But according to host Tom Bergeron, the show's producers have a few more "fun treats up their spray-tanned sleeves."
Spent a few hours annoying the @DancingABC producers yesterday. They've got some fun treats up their spray-tanned sleeves for Season 18.— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) March 8, 2014
The Emmy-winning host talked to Yahoo TV about more changes for Season 18, including a new celeb holding area and a tweak to the voting system.
Of course, the biggest change for the new season is the addition of new co-host Erin Andrews, replacing longtime co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet. While Bergeron had nothing but praise for the Fox Sports reporter, he did acknowledge that the sudden firing, last month, of Burke-Charvet was a bit of a surprise.
"I said in a tweet when I was asked this question that I agreed with Brooke that the timing could have been better," he told Yahoo TV. "Brooke and I had drinks last night as a matter of fact, and I said in the tweet as I've said to her in person, I just thought she handled this with such poise and humor, and it's sort of a textbook way to deal with shocking news and carry on."
As for the addition of Andrews, Bergeron seemed excited about the 35-year-old's previous experience as a sports reporter: "It sure ain't gonna hurt!" he said.
"She's great at both sideline and quick interviews and such," he added. "The first few weeks especially, this show is gonna be one packed, spray-tanned sausage, let me tell you. We have all the couples. I think we have some guest musical acts, new voting to explain, so there's a lot going on. It'll be quite the adventure when we go live on Monday."
Andrews on replacing Burke-Charvet: