Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron

The season 29 cast of the reality television competition show “Dancing With The Stars” revealed on Wednesday will include reality phenom Carole Baskin but not fan favorite host Tom Bergeron.

This season’s celebrity lineup is a veritable who’s who in sports and entertainment. But ABC quickly learned that even swinging for the ratings fence by casting Baskin wasn’t enough to win back fans still disgruntled by the shocking firing of Bergeron back in July.

65-year-old Bergeron had hosted “Dancing With The Stars” ever since it first premiered back in 2005. Which explains why fans of the show were so stunned when he and his cohost Erin Andrews were abruptly fired this summer.

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The Emmy-winning hosts were promptly replaced by supermodel Tyra Banks, who announced the new season 29 cast on “Good Morning America” Wednesday morning. 

DWTS Fans Still Fuming Over Tom Bergeron’s Firing

Fans, however, were not having any of it. They quickly let it be known that they are still feeling the sting of Bergeron’s firing.

“Nope, sorry … don’t care if Tom’s not there!” one Twitter user wrote in response to the cast revealed. Another fan wrote, “I’m not happy at all about the host change. But I will be watching to support the pros and the new celebs! I don’t want the show to fail.”


“For the first time, this household will not be watching – no Tom no viewers in this house,” a third user vowed. A fourth person tweeted, “Don’t know. Don’t care. Won’t watch the show but will watch the ratings plummet. Bring back @Tom_Bergeron.”

New “Dancing With The Stars” Cast Includes Carole Baskin

Sadly, the show will go on without Tom Bergeron whether fans like it or not.

Some surprising members of the new cast included Carole Baskin of “Tiger King” fame, the rapper Nelly, and “One Day at a Time” star Justina Machado.

Variety reported that rounding out the cast will be:

“Backstreet Boys” member AJ McLean, Netflix’s “Cheer” head coach Monica Aldama, “Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, Super Bowl champion Vernon Davis, Disney Channel star Skai Jackson, “Catfish” host Nev Schulman, NBA player Charles Oakley, actress Anne Heche, “The Real” host Jeannie Mai, and “Selling Sunset” real estate agent Chrishell Stause.

The celebrity DWTS cast will be joined by the following lineup of professional dancers:

Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart

Producers are holding off on revealing the pairings until the “Dancing With The Stars” premiere on Monday, September 14.

DWTS Alums Angry About Tom Bergeron Firing As Well

Tensions could run high on premiere night. Former contestants and professional dancers alike have let it be known that they were blindsided by – and unhappy about – Bergeron’s firing. Much like fans.

Former “Dancing With The Stars” champion Alfonso Ribeiro, known for starring in “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air,” was especially vocal about his disdain for what happened to the former host.

“I’ve texted back and forth with Tom. I would’ve never made that decision, obviously. I think Tom and Erin are the backbone of the show,” Ribeiro told US Weekly after the firing was announced.

“I have no idea where they’re going to go and what changes they want to make and why and how these decisions were made. But I think people like myself will absolutely miss Tom and Erin. It’ll be hard for me to see the show in whatever new form it is.”

It remains to be seen how Tom Bergeron’s exit will impact “Dancing With The Stars” ratings. Especially given the reality dance competition’s long-running popularity on ABC.

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