Dancing’s striking writer only wrote teases, episode descriptions

Dancing with the Stars has a single writer on staff, but until he went on strike, he did not write the hosts’ banter or the judges’ comments, as was previously reported.

Instead, David Boone “was scripting material including introductions and descriptions of upcoming episodes, a task [host Tom] Bergeron said now is handled by producers,” the AP reports. That means the judges’ comments “and the wry quips of host Tom Bergeron, have been largely spontaneous all along.”

However, that wasn’t always the case. During the first season, and part of the second, the hosts’ comments were scripted. “Bergeron used to lean heavily on canned patter until realizing, early in season two, that the approach wasn’t working,” the AP reports. Now, the show’s writer also “served as a ‘wonderful’ sounding board for impromptu jokes during the live broadcast, said the host; the longtime friends had worked together on ‘Hollywood Squares.’”

Bergeron said, “You can see I’d walk on after a dance and have a line ready to go. Sometimes it was a very good line, but it wasn’t organic to what was happening. … We don’t do that anymore. Now, I’m watching the dance and responding to it and what I felt about it.”

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