UPDATE 11:50 A.M. EDT: Erin Andrews has also addressed her firing on social media, with a tweet stating that she felt the six years there were special and she would "always cherish her time" on the set. 

ORIGINAL STORY: In perhaps the most shocking twist yet when it comes to “Dancing With the Stars,” the longtime ABC reality competition series has axed two very familiar faces from the show—hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

Bergeron confirmed the news on Twitter and Instagram Monday night that he had been let go from the series ahead of the 29th season, stating that he was grateful for the 15 years he had on the show and making characteristic jokes about the show’s flashiness by joking about glitter masks and captioning his Instagram post with a comment that he had “just figured out how to work the spray tanner.”

The news was also confirmed in a joint statement by ABC and BBC Studios, where they revealed Bergeron’s co-host, Erin Andrews, was also let go. She has not discussed the news on her own social media accounts.

The news the pair had been let go, especially Bergeron, was upsetting and shocking to fans of the show, especially after the series came under fire prior to Season 28 for firing the entire staff of troupe dancers as well as pros Artem Chigvintsev and Sharna Burgess, the latter of whom had been crowned champion in Season 27.

No official reason has been given as to why the two were fired, though budgetary restrictions, especially in the wake of changes the show likely has to make due to COVID-19, seem likely, as Burgess’ pay was cited as the reason for her firing in 2019, with her reportedly being the highest-paid female pro at the time.

While it is unconfirmed what Bergeron and Andrews both made during their tenures on the show, Celebrity Net Worth has stated that his salary stood at $150,000 per episode. With the show airing approximately 10-12 episodes per season, he would have made anywhere between $1.5-$1.8 million each time. It’s unclear what Andrews, who became co-host in 2014, was making per episode, though it was likely less than Bergeron due to her not being affiliated with the show for as long of a period of time.

Financial cuts on the show have also seen the amount of money celebrities can earn for competing go down as well. While contestants who were on the show through Season 27 were able to make up to $345,000 if they made it to the finale episodes, Season 28 saw a cut that has them making a max of $295,000.

Another reason that has been floated as for Bergeron’s firing has been that he was openly critical of the show’s decision to cast former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer last season. After the cast was announced and Spicer was revealed to be a part of it, Bergeron took to Twitter to vent that he had not approved of the move.

As of now, it is unclear what other changes may be in store for the show, though Season 29 does have a planned home on ABC’s fall schedule. A premiere date has not been set due to the ongoing pandemic.

DWTS Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews Fired Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews have both been fired from “Dancing With the Stars.” The former co-hosts are pictured during the Season 28 semi-finals with Sasha Farber, Ally Brooke, Emma Slater and James Van Der Beek. Photo: Eric McCandless /ABC