From her instant-classic postgame interview with Richard Sherman on the NFL gridiron to avoiding awkward encounters with 50 Cent on pit road at the Daytona 500, Erin Andrews has seemingly done it all.
Now she can add Dancing with the Stars host to her resume.
On Monday, Good Morning America reported via Twitter that the Fox Sports sideline reporter would be joining Tom Bergeron during the upcoming season of the popular show, to which she quickly responded with excitement:
For those wondering, Andrews went on to make it clear she would not be leaving Fox Sports, where she hosts Fox College Football among other things. She'll simply have a busier schedule:
There's little doubt that the 35-year-old will thrive in her new gig.
Not only has she already shown the vast range to confidently and intelligently report about any topic, but she also has experience with this show. As you might remember, Andrews paired up with Maksim Chmerkovskiy in 2010 and took third place behind Nicole Scherzinger and Evan Lysacek—two people whose careers involve dancing in some capacity.
Moreover, Andrews' older sister Kendra is a professional dancer.
And as Bergeron pointed out, there is already existing chemistry between the hosts:
Unfortunately, the job opening had to come at the expense of Brooke Burke-Charvet, who, after winning with Derek Hough in 2008, began hosting in 2010 where she would remain for seven seasons.
Nevertheless, she seemed upbeat about the change and ready for the next chapter in her life:
Of course, she couldn't go without having a little bit of fun, either:
As Andrews herself put it, she has some "huge shoes to fill." Burke did a tremendous job as host, seeing the show continue to thrive with her at the helm. She also boasts an incredibly large—and faithful—fanbase, with more than two million followers on Twitter.
With anyone else, this might be seen as a risky change.
But Andrews is a star known throughout the entire sports universe. In addition to being a tremendous fit as host, she is going to attract an entirely new crop of viewers.
This is certainly surprising news. But with Andrews looking like a perfect fit for the job and Burke "ready for change," this is a development that will be positive for everyone involved.
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