Brooke Burke-Charvet may be shocked by her Dancing With The Stars elimination, but many DWTS fans aren't. There's no question that Tom Bergeron's partner in crime is gorgeous. Yet ABC producers have been increasingly eliminating backstage interviews.
It was starting to feel like the brunette bombshell was merely there for sex appeal. But the dancers can handle that side of ratings, can't they?
The strangest part? The 42-year-old stunner seemed to hear the same time DWTS fans did. If she knew about the firing before the Season 18 cast was announced she certainly didn't show it on Twitter.
â€” Brooke Burke-Charvet (@brookeburke) February 22, 2014
Now ABC viewers are debating the recent TV shakeup. Though Dancing With The Stars' finales in late 2013 were two of the most watched episodes that week, it's no secret that that DWTS has struggled to remain relevant in an ever-crowded landscape of reality competition shows. American Idol has faltered, while The Voice has thrived.
In an effort to increase ratings in Season 17, ABC decided to change the show's format, airing DWTS once a week instead of two. Tom Bergeron told Entertainment Weekly that ratings were definitely behind the format change.
"There were ratings reasons behind [the format change], certainly," Bergeron said in November. "There was also the thought that if you took away the Tuesday show — and this is certainly what I trumpeted when it was first announced — interestingly, the research shows that there wasn’t as much crossover as you’d imagine between the Monday audience and the Tuesday audience. So the thought was, all right, let’s move the Tuesday audience into the Monday show and see if we can bolster up the ratings."
The age of hosts, judges and contestants may be a factor, as well. Though Burke-Charvet is sexy, she's a mom of four in her 40s. Some fans say there's a double standard for male and female hosts. Tom Bergeron is 58, and DWTS judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman are 58 and 69 respectively.
So was Brooke Burke-Charvet eliminated because sexy women on television are expected to be younger? Not as far as J.Lo's concerned. If you ask the 44-year-old American Idol judge, her career only got better after 40.
"I seriously feel like the best days are ahead, and I like the idea of getting to do everything I did before but with more knowledge, experience, and street smarts," she told Redbook "There's a certain love, appreciation, and gratitude that you have at 40 that you don't have when you're younger, and it makes every accomplishment feel so much better."
Burke-Charvet says despite the shock she's ready for her next adventure. "I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture," Burke-Charvet told People. "I've always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn't able to entertain because of contractual obligations to the show."
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