Last ‘Dance’ for se­ries hosts

Sentinel & Enterprise - - TV/DAILY DISH - Compiled from As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

The dance has ended for “Danc­ing With the Stars” hosts Tom Berg­eron and Erin Andrews. ABC said in a state­ment that the show is look­ing to “em­bark on a new cre­ative di­rec­tion” and that host Berg­eron “de­parts the show with our sin­cer­est thanks and grat­i­tude for his trade­mark wit and charm that helped make this show a suc­cess.”

No re­place­ments were named.

Berg­eron is a Haver­hill na­tive who was once an on-air per­son­al­ity for WBZ-TV in Boston.

He also pre­vi­ously hosted “Hol­ly­wood Squares” and “Amer­ica’s Fun­ni­est Home Videos.”

He has hosted “Danc­ing With the Stars” since its pre­miere in 2005.

Berg­eron took to Twit­ter to an­nounce his de­par­ture: “It’s been an in­cred­i­ble 15year run and the most un­ex­pected gift of my ca­reer. I’m grate­ful for that and for the life­long friend­ships made.”

Last year, Berg­eron made waves when he ex­pressed his un­hap­pi­ness that for­mer White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer was among the con­tes­tants for the fall sea­son.

Berg­eron tweeted that he ear­lier told pro­duc­ers he hoped the new sea­son would be a “joy­ful respite from our ex­haust­ing po­lit­i­cal cli­mate” and urged them not have any “di­vi­sive book­ings.”

Pro­duc­ers ap­par­ently dis­agreed.

“We can agree to dis­agree, as we do now, but ul­ti­mately it’s their call,” Berg­eron wrote.

For­mer con­tes­tants tweeted their good­byes, with Bindi Ir­win say­ing that spend­ing time with Berg­eron “was one of my fa­vorite parts” of the show and Lea Thomp­son say­ing there’s no show without Berg­eron. “They might as well can­cel it.”

The network on Mon­day also said farewell to Andrews, who orig­i­nally com­peted as a con­tes­tant back in 2010 and re­turned as co­host in 2014.

“Her sig­na­ture sense of hu­mor has be­come a hall­mark of the show,” the state­ment read.

4 charged in death of ris­ing rap­per Pop Smoke

Two men and two teens have been charged in the death of ris­ing rap­per Pop Smoke, who was killed dur­ing a Los An­ge­les home-in­va­sion rob­bery in Fe­bru­ary, the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice said Mon­day.

Los An­ge­les Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jackie Lacey said in a state­ment that Corey Walker and Ke­an­dre Rodgers were charged with mur­der that oc­curred dur­ing the com­mis­sion of a rob­bery and bur­glary.

The two boys, 15 and 17 years old, were also charged with mur­der and rob­bery while in ju­ve­nile court.

Their names were not re­leased due to their age.

The 20-year-old New York rap­per, whose le­gal name was Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed Feb. 19 at a home in the Hol­ly­wood Hills.

A 911 call from a friend of some­one in the house re­ported armed in­trud­ers in­side the home, po­lice pre­vi­ously said.

Walker, 19, and Rodgers, 18, face the death penalty or life in prison without the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role if con­victed.

Jaquan Mur­phy, 21, was also ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent last week.

The com­plaint in­cludes gang and gun al­le­ga­tions.

Capt. Jonathan Tip­pet, who over­sees the Los An­ge­les Po­lice De­part­ment’s elite Rob­bery-Homi­cide Di­vi­sion, said three men and two teenage boys likely went to the home be­cause they knew Pop Smoke was there from so­cial-me­dia posts.

They stole items from the home, though Tip­pet said he could not di­vulge what was taken.

All five are be­lieved to be mem­bers of a South Los An­ge­les gang, which Tip­pet would not name, and at least some of them are be­lieved to be linked to a 2019 homi­cide when a fight es­ca­lated into a shoot­ing out­side the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The home where the shoot­ing oc­curred is owned by Ed­win Ar­roy­ave and his wife, Teddi Mel­len­camp, a star of “The Real Housewives of Bev­erly Hills” and the daugh­ter of Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer John Mel­len­camp.


Tom Berg­eron and Erin Andrews are out as hosts of ‘Danc­ing With the Stars,’ ABC an­nounced.


Rap­per Pop Smoke was killed dur­ing a home in­va­sion in Fe­bru­ary.

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