At the beginning of 2017, rumors began to spread about a couple of Dancing with the Stars professional dancers who have decided not to return for the 24th season of the reality competition.
To fans’ dismay, it was later announced that six time champion Derek Hough, Jenna Johnson, and Tony Dovolani, were the three of the pros that have decided to hang up their dancing shoes.
Hough went on to join the judges panel for another dance competition on NBC called World of Dance.
As for Dovolani, he released a statement confirming his departure, and explained that he is taking a break due to personal reasons and that he “might do another season.”
“I wanted my fans to hear it from me first. I will not be on Dancing With the Stars this season, season 24,” read the statement. “While I will miss the show and interacting with our wonderful audiences, both at home and in the ballroom, I will continue to focus on growing my Dance With Me USA studios and teaching. I will also be traveling across the country performing and making personal appearances.”
The statement continued, “I will be hosting my second annual Tony Dovolani Foundation: Golf For Special Needs Children tournament on July 14. I am honored to be a member of the PGA Player and Coaching Development Committee and look forward to contributing to the future of professional golf.”
Dovolani has since refrained from divulging the details of his departure from DWTS, until now. The dancer recently opened up about real reason behind his decision to leave the show, and it’s not something we would’ve easily guessed.