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The Hot Tamale Train is indeed leaving the station: Mary Murphy is exiting So You Think You Can Dance after her option was not renewed.

"I'm saddened of course to be released from my contract," Murphy said in a statement Monday. "I'm very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show, So You Think You Can Dance, for 11 seasons. I'm sure there wasn't a person watching that didn't know I loved what I did!!"

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Murphy's exit ends a month-long speculation about her status. The Fox summer series was renewed for Season 12 in November, but just weeks later, reports surfaced that Fox was eyeing Paula Abdul to replace Murphy on the judging panel.

"Thank you to the dancers and choreographers who inspired and enriched my life every week; to the crew and producers, especially James Breen, Jeff Thacker, and Nigel Lythgoe, I thank you for believing in me," Murphy added. "And thank you to my fans, as you always put a smile on my face when I encountered you. It has been a great pleasure and honor to be part of the dance wave that went global."

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