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'Dancing With the Stars' Shakeup: Julianne Hough Out as a Judge

by Raphael Chestang 4:45 PM PST, February 17, 2016
Playing 'Dancing With the Stars' Shakeup: Julianne Hough Out as a Judge

The Dancing With the Stars judges' panel will look a little different next season.

Julianne Hough will not be returning to judge the network's reality dance competition next season, ABC confirmed to ET.

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"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 told ET in a statement. "The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family."

"I promise it's not the last you'll see of me in the ballroom," the former DWTS champion, 27, continued.

DWTS producer Rob Wade issued a statement to ET, saying, "Julianne will always be a part of the Dancing With the Stars family and we hope to see her back in the ballroom in the future."

This follows Len Goodman's announcement last year that he will be returning as a DWTS judge for season 22.

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"Now, I've been watching the show from the U.K., and I must say everyone has been doing a fantastic job," Goodman said in a pre-recorded message that aired during the season 21 finale. "Listen up: Len is coming back next season, and I don't want any of your nonsense!"

Season 22 of Dancing With the Stars kicks off in March.

Watch the video below to hear Hough's interview with ET in January in which she dished on all of those DWTS engagements.

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