SYTYCD Judge: Why I'm Leaving the Show

Get the scoop on how Fox's hit dance competition series will be changing in the new season. Is Mary Murphy coming back?!

By Marc Malkin, Brett Malec Nov 21, 2010 7:17 PMTags
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy, Nigel LythgoeKelsey McNeal/FOX

Before you start thinking there was some big reality television drama that pushed choreographer Mia Michaels out of the next season of So You Think You Can Dance, ya gotta read what she just told us.

No, she won't be back, but…

Michaels says it was her decision to move on.

"Last year when I was sitting on the [judges] panel, I knew it wasn't the right fit because I felt too glossy sitting on the panel," she exclusively tells us. "People were so focused on what I wore and my hair. I wanted to get dirty and back to the work. I am an artist and I'm a visionary. I need to paint my world now and not be constantly linked to So You think You Can Dance."

Not that she doesn't appreciate what SYTYCD has done for her. "It's been a great platform," Michaels says. "It was a wonderful platform. I'm staring at [my] two Emmys right now. It was an amazing, amazing thing for me but I feel like I have to fly. I have to now focus on Mia's world."

And that world includes starring in an upcoming Bravo reality show, writing a memoir and developing a Broadway show. "I heard they're bringing Mary Murphy back and I'm really happy for her," Michaels says. "I've sat in that chair, but I feel like that was Mary's chair."

We're psyched for Murphy to return to So You Think You Can Dance. Do you feel the same? Sound off below.

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