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Sports reporter Erin Andrews to replace Burke-Charvet on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

 
 
Erin Andrews attends a Super Bowl XLVIII Party on January 31, 2014 in New York City.
Erin Andrews attends a Super Bowl XLVIII Party on January 31, 2014 in New York City.
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It's time to welcome a new host to the ballroom.

Erin Andrews will replace Brooke Burke-Charvet as the host of Dancing With the Stars, a source confirmed to People.com.

The FOX Sports reporter, 35, will take over as Tom Bergeron's co-host for season 18 of ABC's dancing competition. Andrews is no stranger to the series, having competed on season 10 of DWTS with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Burke-Charvet, 42, hosted the show for seven seasons. On Friday, she released a statement to E! Online.

"I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture," Burke-Charvet said. "I've seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom, but this one takes the cake."

The show also recently fired bandleader and orchestrator Harold Wheeler, as well as his 28-member band.

ABC declined to comment.

Daddy’s in cartoons

You’d think with his upcoming cartoon role as the voice of Kanan the Cowboy Jedi on Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, that Freddie Prinze Jr. would be excited to tell his kids all about it.

But that’s not the case — and for good reason.

When it comes to daughter Charlotte Grace, 4, the eldest of his two children with The Crazy Ones star Sarah Michelle Gellar, Prinze admits he just can’t bear to break her heart.

“I don’t tell her, ‘Daddy does cartoon voices,’ because to her those characters are so real and magical. What kind of jerk would I be?” Prinze, 38, told People.com during a preview of the show’s new Lego products at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

The actor, who made a return to the small screen on Lifetime’s Witches of East End in October, says it’s probably best his daughter doesn’t know about Kanan.

“She loves villains. Her favorite character is Vader and she wants to kill Jedis,” Prinze said with a laugh. “I don’t know what my daughter will become.”

But even though Charlotte and son Rocky James, 18 months, aren’t in the know, Prinze says he’s excited enough for the whole family.

“It’s Star Wars, man! I got this scar on my chin after playing with some aluminum poles my cousin and I pretended were light sabers. To be a part of this is surreal,” he shared.

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