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Erin Andrews to co-host 'Dancing With the Stars'

Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, who grew up in the Tampa area, will co-host "Dancing With the Stars" when the reality show enters its 18th season next month, ABC-TV announced Monday.

Andrews, 35, a former contestant on the show, will replace a former winner, Brooke Burke-Charvet, who was dropped less than a month before the March 17 season premiere.

Andrews will continue her duties at Fox Sports who working with longtime "Dancing" co-host Tom Bergeron.

In 2010, Andrews finished third on "DWTS," dancing with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The cast will be announced March 2 on "Good Morning America."

"Andrews's skills from the field are sure to be an asset in hosting a spirited dance competition," ABC said on its website.

Burke, 42, said she was stunned when she learned Friday she was fired.

"I've seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom but this one takes the cake," she said in a statement in which she said she looked forward to opportunities she could not do because of contractual obligations to the show.

In 2008, Burke and partner Derek Hough won the ABC dance competition, beating former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Warren Sapp and partner Kym Johnson.

?o"I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting 'DWTS' but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture," Burke-Charvet said.

The show also fired bandleader Harold Wheeler and his 28-member band. ABC on Monday said Ray Chew has been hired as musical director and composer. He'll lead a new group of musicians and singers.

Andrews, who attended the University of Florida, is the daughter of WFLA-TV reporter Steve Andrews. She worked at ESPN for eight years before joining Fox Sports in 2012.

Among her early jobs, in 2000, was serving as a Tampa Bay Lightning sideline reporter for Sunshine Network, a regional Fox Sports channel later renamed Sun Sports.

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