After a tumultuous few months, Dancing With the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews returned to the ballroom on Monday night to host the dancing competition’s season 22 premiere.
"This has been a really great start and the most relaxing time each of us have had for a while," Bergeron exclaimed as the pair closed the show.
Less than three weeks ago, Bergeron lost his mother, Kay, announcing her death on social media.
“4 months ago my Mom lost the love of her life,” Bergeron tweeted, alongside a photo of his mother. “Now we've gathered at her bedside. They never did like being apart.”
The 60-year-old host also missed an episode of DWTS
last October to mourn the death of his father, Raymond Bergeron, and paid tribute to his dad
during the next week’s closing credits.
"I want to take a moment to say that my dad loved this show," Bergeron told the crowd. "Never missed an episode. And I'd like to think somewhere that he didn't miss this one."
Andrews has also had a rough couple of months as well, fighting in court over her civil suit with West End Hotel Partners, stemming from an incident in which the former college football reporter was secretly videotaped naked in her hotel room. DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba praised the host's return after the show on Monday.
"I love Erin, she's so strong," Inaba told ET. "I'm so proud of her...I was really impressed with it and I'm really proud of her."
"This is kind of my come out of hiding [appearance]," she told Kimmel. "I want to thank everybody. There are so many people that actually reached out -- all over the world really -- and were so supportive."
Andrews Instagrammed her excitement to return to the ballroom last week, posting a pic of her and Bergeron standing side-by-side.
“Can't wait to be standing next to @tombergeron next Monday night,” she captioned the shot. “Much needed #ballroomtherapy for the both of us ❤️❤️??.”
Bergeron responded to Andrews’ post on Twitter, sharing, “The feeling is mutual.”