Nicky Byrne has shocked fans by announcing that he will not be returning for the next season of Dancing With The Stars.
The Dubliner, who has co-hosted the glitzy show alongside Jennifer Zamparelli since 2017 has to make a very ‘tough decision’ to let this role go as he focuses on other commitments.
In an emotional statement he penned:
“A little news from me. Sadly I will be stepping away from hosting ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on RTÉ”
Sharing the reason behind his shock departure, he continued:
“Westlife are now ten shows into our ‘Wild Dreams’ tour. We had two phenomenal nights at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium followed by a mind-blowing show at Wembley Stadium and two absolutely sensational nights at Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh”
“This tour continues now taking us around the world including five continents with 60 plus shows up until Summer 2023.
“So with all this in mind, I have had to make some tough decisions. One of them is my future hosting ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on RTÉ – a show I have loved hosting from the very beginning.”
Nicky then goes on to share all of the happy memories he has of the show, thanking those who made the last 5 years so memorable.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this show, full of glitz n’ glamour and of course, being a part of everyone’s Sunday night Winter TV viewing.”
“It’s been a brilliant five seasons since we launched in 2017, working with the best crew in the world. I have smiled and laughed my way through those 59 shows to date and what a journey it’s been. I take away the greatest memories”
“Thank you RTÉ. Thank you to the amazing team in ShinAwiL. Thank you to Loraine, Brian, Arthur and Julian and all of the professional dancers.
“Thank you to the crew of hundreds who made all of those shows special. I wish whoever takes over from me the absolute best. Just don’t fall down that stairs at the start of the show!! You’ll have an absolute blast.”
Nicky’s replacement has not yet been announced. The show will make its return next year in early 2023, exact details are to follow.