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Derek Hough Not Returning for 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 22

by Meredith B. Kile 4:55 PM PST, March 01, 2016
Playing Derek Hough Not Returning for 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 22

Derek Hough will not be returning to defend his title next season on Dancing With the Stars, ET confirms.

The 30-year-old dancer, who won his sixth mirror ball trophy in season 21 with fan favorite Bindi Irwin, will be "taking a break" from the dancing competition, andstarring in a new Broadway production of Singin' in the Rain, producer Harvey Weinstein announced over the weekend.

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"Proud to be a part of another adventure with The Weinstein Company," Hough shared on Instagram, adding the hashtags "#Broadway #singingintherainmusical #classic #2017."

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Hough opened up to ET last week about his sister, Julianne Hough, departing the show after serving as a judge for three seasons.

"I think she did three great seasons, and it's time for her to go," Hough explained at the Vanity Fair and FIAT Brand's Young Hollywood celebration on Feb. 24. "She's got great things on the horizon, and she's doing great things. Len [Goodman]'s coming back, and so, you know, I think four judges feels a little redundant anyways, so I think it's the right thing to do."

After joining the dancing competition in season five, Hough has only missed one season. While the performer insisted in 2012 that season 15 would be his last, he nevertheless came back. He was also originally not expected to perform in season 20 last spring, but producers worked around his schedule starring in the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall to allow him to compete with Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin.

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