Sharna Burgess of “Dancing With the Stars” clarifies her departure from the show and reveals the true reason on her Instagram story.
Sharna Burgess is best known as a professional partner and troupe member on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where she has appeared since 2005. She won the 27th season of “Dancing with the Stars” with celebrity partner Bobby Bones.
The pro-dancer announced her departure from the show in the upcoming season in a recent Instagram story. She described it as a “really difficult decision” that stemmed from her June commitment to her newly-born baby with Brian Austin Green.
“Hi, I have some news that I have to tell you guys, because I keep getting so many DMs about it. I, after long conversations and lots of thinking and really trying to sit with what was right … I have made the really hard decision to not to do the season this year of ‘Dancing With the Stars. There has been a list that was released saying that I would be a pro and I won’t be.”
The 37-year-old reality star also stated that despite giving birth recently, her body is still “at 100 percent capacity” and fit to dance. Nonetheless, she has decided to skip this year’s season to focus on her responsibilities as a mother.
The pro-dancer explained:
“I was not ready to spend, at minimum, 10 hours a day away from Zane. I’m a full-time breastfeeding mama. And not only that, I just am so in love with being a mom. As much as it was hard to say no to ‘Dancing’… I have this family and this newborn at home that I may never get these moments back.”
Since 2019, Burgess has served as a judge on the Australian version of “Dancing with the Stars,” alongside Craig Revel Horwood and Tristan MacManus.
Disney+ recently acquired the rights to “Dancing with the Stars” from the ABC network. The series’ 31st season, which is set to premiere on September 19 this year, will be available to stream. Tyra Banks will serve as host and executive producer this season, alongside judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough.