Back in July, ABC made the shocking announcement that Erin Andrews would not be returning as host of Dancing With The Stars. Now, ahead of the dancing competition show's 29th season premiere, the 42-year-old is admitting she initially did not take the news of her firing well.
“I didn’t have much time to deal with it. I got a phone call — we were on the putting green with my dog and my husband — and I got a call that said, ‘You know, so-and-so from ABC wants to talk to you,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, s–t,’ like, this is it,” she recalled on the September 14 episode of the Token CEO podcast. “I felt sorry for myself, and I kind of was like, ‘This is a terrible time to lose my job,’ because we don’t know when live television is coming back. These are hard jobs to get. I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m a loser, this is really bad,’ and then you just start talking to other people from other networks and people that have production groups and they’re like, ‘You’re gonna find something.’ … Yeah, it was a super big bummer.”
As disappointing as the news was, the famed sportscaster said the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic helped her put things in perspective.
“These are the things people go through in their life. Right? And I did remind myself, by the way, there’s people that have such worse stuff going on right now,” she explained. “I mean, give me a break, for me to be that selfish and think, ‘Oh, my God, the world’s ending.’ People have lost multiple people in their families because of COVID.”
For the new season of DWTS, Tyra Banks will be taking over hosting duties from Andrews and her cohost, Tom Bergeron, who was also cut from the show. Additionally, Derek Hough will fill in as a judge since Len Goodman, who is located in London, is unable to return.
Although her gig with DWTS may be over, Andrews is looking forward to continuing her career in television.
“Nobody wants to be let go when it’s not on their terms, but I do think there’s something on the horizon," said the former College GameDay host. "I’m definitely working my people to find something and put something on the horizon. I really enjoyed being in that space and I think I’m somebody that, you know, as much as I do love sports — I’m a fan of a lot of things, reality TV, I’m just a fan of TV and so, I think that’s why Dancing was a great fit for me because, you know, it was live. You didn’t know what was going to happen.”
The University of Florida alum also teased she'd love to host a game show someday — “Elizabeth Banks on Press Your Luck right now has my dream job,” she said — or have her own talk show with Kevin Hart.
“We mesh, but we are also so different in so many ways," she said of the Celebrity Game Face host. "I’m 42, I’ve only been married for three years, we’re trying to have kids, I’m trying to keep this dog afloat and also have a career. So I think that would work so well with Kevin Hart making fun of me, but he won’t listen to me,”