Dancing with the Stars has made a lot of changes in recent years. One of the biggest changes was when the show moved off of its longtime home network, ABC, last year.
Instead of airing live on ABC, DWTS was available to stream exclusively on Disney+. This was a move that upset some fans who didn’t want to pay for a Disney+ subscription just to watch the show.
Wishing you a magical holiday filled with cheer ❤️ #DWTS pic.twitter.com/qoG9IxFs9m
— Dancing with the Stars #DWTS (@officialdwts) December 25, 2022
Those who weren’t pleased with DWTS‘ move to Disney+ will be happy to hear some news that emerged on Tuesday (May 2). Reportedly, the show is returning to ABC this year.
Variety “confirmed with sources” that DWTS is coming back to ABC for its upcoming 32nd season. According to Variety, the show will still be available to stream on Disney+, but can also be watched live on ABC.
“For its upcoming season, the show will air on ABC while also streaming on Disney+,” says Variety. “In addition, the show will be available the day after its linear debut on Hulu.”
Variety says reps for Disney declined to comment on the news.
The news comes in the midst of other big changes on DWTS. Host Tyra Banks left the show after three seasons. Former pro and judge Julianne Hough is stepping up to serve as a new host alongside returning co-host Alfonso Ribeiro.
We are so excited to welcome @juliannehough as co-host of #DWTS Season 32 along with @alfonso_ribeiro! pic.twitter.com/5GGinAw98z
— Dancing with the Stars #DWTS (@officialdwts) March 20, 2023
The judges’ table will also look a little different this year. Last season, head judge Len Goodman announced his retirement on the show. Sadly, Goodman passed away just a few months later on April 22. He was 78 years old.
Goodman was lovingly remembered by his fellow judges, DWTS pros, and former contestants. See some of the most touching tributes to him in the video below.
What do you think about the reported news that DWTS is returning to ABC for its next season?