"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."
"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."