Sharna Burgess Says Her “Heart Goes Out” to ‘DWTS’ Despite Not Being Asked for Season 32
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Although she isn’t apart of Dancing With The Stars season 32, pro Sharna Burgess is not holding a grudge. Instead, the choreographer is viewing the rejection as a career redirection.
Sharna Burgess is Shocked That She Wasn’t Asked Back for DWTS Season 32
Dancing With The Stars has already premiered their extended first episode of Season 32. As you may have noticed by now, long time pro dancer Sharna Burgess is not part of the line-up. Ahead of Season 32, she took a temporary leave of absence, after she welcomed her first child with fiancé Brian Austin Green.
Recently, the Old·ish podcast host confirmed to PEOPLE that she wasn’t asked by the show to come back. According to the dancer, declaring such news was “tough” because she “wasn’t expecting” to not return.”
“There’s no real reason as to why, other than they were guided in their choices to choose the cast that they did based off of the celebrities that they have,” she said.
As she interpreted her non-involvement in season 32 as, “the universe has been guiding me in a different direction for this time.” She further stated that she’s not closing the door, in case the show will offer another opportunity next season.
“I can be deeply saddened in the fact that I don’t get to be in the ballroom this season, and I can also truly love the show and want to support it and want to cheer them on,” she said.
Deeming the DWTS cast as her family, Burgess stated that dance has already been a part of her soul. While she’s hurt, she claimed that she “would always say yes to them.”
She Understands Why the Show Decided to Move Forward Amid Strike
In the same interview, Burgess also addressed the “sticky situation” that DWTS was in ahead of Tuesday night’s premiere. According to the choreographer, her heart goes out to the show, which decided to air to move forward.
For those who may not know, DWTS considered delaying their upcoming season to stand in solidarity with the show’s sole writer. Expressing her thoughts, Burgess stated that she sees “both sides.”
“There’s like 500 employees and everyone is needing and wanting to work. And that they’re like family to each other. So you can understand this need to want to move forward,” she said. “I can also understand the need to stand in solidarity with the WGA and with SAG and what is going on right now. Because to create real change, we do have to stand together. I could not imagine what that feels like to have to make that choice.”
As she will not return to the show, Burgess will keep herself busy with her podcast. She co-hosts Old·ish with Green and Randy Spelling.
“Our purpose is not necessarily to give advice and to fix it but simply to say, ‘I see you and I hear you. This was my experience and what helped me,'” she said.