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EXCLUSIVE: Allison Holker Is 'Very Sad' Julianne Hough Is Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Desiree Murphy 9:56 AM PST, February 18, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Allison Holker Is 'Very Sad' Julianne Hough Is Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'

Allison Holker is taking a temporary break from the stage.

ET caught up with the Dancing With the Stars pro at the Zootopia premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where she confirmed she won't be returning to the hit ABC show next season.

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Holker, 28, is nine months pregnant with her second child, and her first with husband Stephen "tWitch" Boss. She's already mom to 7-year-old Weslie from a previous relationship.

"Oh, no, it's definitely not a possibility [that I'll be back in time]," Holker said, joking that she might even go into labor inside the theater. "I always try to look at myself as a superhero, like a super woman that I could do anything and I could make it back. But I'll probably be in the delivery room during the premiere of the show. Hopefully [I can] come back for the fall."

The reality dance competition show will look a lot different during its 22nd season, which kicks off next month, as Julianne Hough, who was a judge and former champion on the show, will also not be returning.

"That makes me very sad because I thought Julianne was doing a fantastic job, and I just love her and I respect her so much as an artist," Holker revealed. "I feel like as a pro she's someone I kind of strive to be like."

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"But she's doing such big things, I'm so proud of her," she continued. "I don't know if y'all saw Grease: Live, but she did incredible! I was blown away by Julianne, it was amazing!"

ET confirmed Hough's departure from DWTS just a few hours before the premiere kicked off.

"I will miss being on the panel for season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing," Hough, 27, told ET in a statement. "The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family."

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