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‘Dancing with the Stars’ dumps co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, changes continue

‘Dancing with the Stars’ dumps co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, changes continue
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In more unexpected news from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” it seems co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet has gotten the axe. The former contestant turned co-host was dumped Friday according to a Feb. 21 post on People in what has become season 18’s sweeping changes.

The show recently axed its musical director, Harold Wheeler, who led one of the most talented groups of musicians in television history in favor of a smaller, more modern band and music director. Now, Burke-Charvet gets the axe after 10 seasons as host Tom Bergeron’s sidekick.

Brooke never saw it coming as she revealed in her Twitter post on midnight, Saturday morning:

"Weird day ... Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS …ME. Tom Bergeron didn't even read my name," Burke-Charvet, 42, Tweeted at midnight Saturday. "I won't be returning to the show this season."

She also released the following statement Friday night to E! Online who broke the stunning news of the model’s termination.

"I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture. I've always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn't able to entertain because of contractual obligations to the show. I've seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom but this one takes the cake."

There has been no word on whether or not Brooke will be replaced or by whom.

Season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars” is set to premiere on Monday, March 17. Cast announcements have yet to be made for the celebrity line up.

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