DWTS Cast Reacts To Show's Abrupt Move From ABC

"Dancing with the Stars" move from ABC to Disney+ for Season 31 left fans of the long-running series stunned. The competition show that pairs professional dancers with celebrities to vie for the title of champion, and the Mirrorball trophy, had aired on ABC since its first episode. Now, however, that era is over. Some of the professional dancers and judges have shared their thoughts on the move and "DWTS" fans might be interested to see what they have to say.

The chatter comes amid many unknowns, like the exact date of the new season's premiere. Although Parade speculated "DWTS" could debut on Disney+ sometime in the fall of 2022, with a September premiere date likely, nothing has been confirmed. The cast will not be announced until closer to a premiere date, and viewers will be curious to see which professional dancers and judges return. There has also been some speculation that Tyra Banks — who took over after producers fired Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews — may not make the move to Disney+, as she hasn't exactly been a hit with viewers. 

Despite these loose ends, "DWTS" personalities who have addressed the network change publicly are looking on the bright side.

The DWTS cast is enthusiastic about a new chapter

Former pro dancer and judge Derek Hough jumped on Instagram to share his excitement about the "Dancing with the Stars" move to Disney+. "DWTS has always been a trail blazer NEW CHAPTER," he wrote. Artem Chigvintsev mentioned "DWTS" would be a pioneer in live streaming for the platform and told Us Weekly, "It's great to be a part of Disney family. It's always a good time." Judge Carrie Ann Inaba shared on her Instagram Stories (via Us Weekly), "This is very exciting. Disney Plus, here we come. Let's go!!!" She also mentioned "DWTS" being a trailblazer, suggesting nobody could have anticipated the show's success "way back when." 

Professional dancer Cheryl Burke also teased a cool possibility: "Just imagine what Disney Night on 'DWTS' will look like now?!" Fellow pro Gleb Savchenko said he was chomping at the bit for Season 31 to get going, while Keo Motsepe noted "DWTS" is "always breaking barriers." He added, "I am so proud the show is going on another journey!" 

Of course, not everyone is happy with the change. "I'm not gonna get ANOTHER streaming service. I can't," one fan lamented on Twitter, while someone else agreed about the money issue, reasoning, "The show is out of date and I lost interest a while ago."