Last ‘Dance’ for series hosts
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.