Samantha Harris quits Dancing with the Stars

Samantha Harris has quit as co-host of Dancing with the Stars, meaning the show will no longer have one of more entertaining components. From nonsensical babble to awkward blunders (like holding a mic in Marlee Matlin’s face as the deaf actor signed) to doing her job badly, she will be missed. Or not.

Samantha told People that the show “could not have been more of a dream job. I loved every single second of it and I’ve made lifelong friends at the show.” So why leave? Because she’s working another dream by working on Entertainment Tonight’s weekend edition. “I interned at Entertainment Tonight 15 years ago, the summer after my sophomore year at Northwestern and I dreamed of working in the same space as hosts Mary Hart and Mark Steines and now I’m living that dream,” she said.

Tom Bergeron told the magazine that he’s “going to miss Samantha. We had a nice rapport off-camera and on,” but said, “I’m hoping this frees her up for us to have her as a contestant.”

Producers are still searching for a replacement.

Samantha Harris Leaving Dancing with the Stars [People]
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