Samantha Harris, the longtime co-host of Dancing with the Stars, is leaving the show, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Harris, 36, will not return for the series' 10th season, which begins March 22, as first reported by People. Harris has worked on the show for the last eight seasons, but will leave to focus on her other on-air roles, as a correspondent for The Insider and Entertainment Tonight. "I've loved every aspect of my time at Dancing With the Stars," Harris said in a statement. "I've lived and breathed this incredible show for the last eight seasons, making lifelong friends along the way. It has given me so many wonderful opportunities."
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Her co-host, Tom Bergeron, said he'll miss his colleague, but hopes she's now available to play another important role on the show. "I've been known to try to twist arms behind the scenes," he told People. "I'm hoping this frees her up for us to have her as a contestant."
Dancing executive producer Conrad Green wished Harris luck on The Insider. "She's done an incredible job. Some of the most memorable moments on the show have been facilitated by Samantha," he told the site. "I think we'll all walk away with enormous happy memories of working with one another."
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Green told People the search for Harris' replacement is under way. One possibility is Paula Abdul, according to TMZ, which claims that the former Idol judge has been offered a lucrative development deal with ABC, as long as she appears on Dancing this coming season. Abdul has stated she's a fan of the show before, but both ABC and her rep refused to comment on her possible future involvement with the dancing competition.
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