Is Erin Andrews hanging up her ball gown already?!
It was announced on Tuesday that the Dancing With the Stars co-host is set to replace Pam Oliver as Fox's NFL sideline reporter for their No. 1 news team. But wait, doesn't she already have a job, you know, co-hosting the ABC reality hit alongside Tom Bergeron? DWTS fans soon began to wonder if the 36-year-old anchor, who once competed with Maksim Chermkovskiy as her partner, would be leaving the show just one season after replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet.
DWTS' new showrunner Rob Wade, who is returning to the show after exiting in Season 11, assured us that Erin will definitely be back in the ballroom in season 19 at ABC's All-Star Party at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour.
"We have Erin and Tom coming back and we're looking forward to it," Wade told E! News. "We kind of knew before. We knew she had this other job and we made sure that would work out in the fall. So yeah, that's what we worked out. It's great and we're very supportive of her."
Phew! But now that we know Erin is definitely coming back, we had to know if Maks, who took a few seasons off from the show before returning for, and winning, Season 18, would be back as well. Wade was unable to confirm Maks' return, but he recently reached out to the pro and seemed hopeful that the fan favorite would be back in some capacity next season.
"I don't know. I've just come back to the show, but I was on the show in season one and Maks came on in season two, so I've known Maks for 10 years now and he's a very good friend," Wade said. "I'm absolutely hoping Maks comes back to the show. I don't know whether it's going to be as a dancer. I think there's a number of different things we can talk to him about and the way he'd be involved in the show. Maks will always be part of Dancing With the Stars in some way."
Hey, we'll take what we can get!
DWTS returns Monday, Sept. 15 on ABC.