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Brooke Burke 'DWTS': Brooke Burke opens up about abrupt 'DWTS' departure

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Brooke Burke isn't on DWTS any longer, but her departure from the show was quite abrupt -- and unexpected. According to USA Today, Burke was just as surprised as you were. In a new interview with Shape Magazine, Burke (who went topless in some of the photos) opened up about getting canned from the show, and how it changed her life... for the better.

"I honestly didn’t see it coming … I thought it was kind of outrageous that it happened two weeks before the premiere, but after all, it was only a TV show."

As most fans of Dancing With The Stars recall, the announcement that Burke had been let go was quite sudden last season. Sports reporter (and former DWTS contestant) Erin Andrews was brought in as Burke's replacement, and that just made people miss Brooke even more. But life went on.

Brooke Burke said that leaving DWTS may have been the best thing that ever happened to her. Why? Because she was afforded more opportunities

"This forced me to turn the page and create new opportunities for myself. I’m dabbling in a lot of different things. I just finished doing a couple of episodes of 'Melissa & Joey,' and by the time this issue hits the stands, I may be on another show! I also have a new athletic-wear line, Caelum. Ultimately, leaving the ballroom may be the best choice I never made."

Brooke Burke is done with DWTS completely. While it didn't go down the way it should have, the model/actress has a lot going for her right now... and Erin Andrews has already signed on to co-host another season. Do you miss Brooke on Dancing With The Stars? Do you think Andrews does a good job?