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Samantha Harris Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 28th 2010 5:00PM
Samantha HarrisHere's a 'Dancing' move we never saw coming.

PEOPLE is exclusively reporting that Samantha Harris is leaving her co-host position on 'Dancing With the Stars,' just two months before the show's 10th season premiere.

According to the report, Harris' exit will allow her to focus on her duties at 'The Insider' and 'Entertainment Tonight Weekend.'

"[DWTS] could not have been more of a dream job," she said. "I loved every single second of it and I've made lifelong friends at the show."

"I interned at Entertainment Tonight 15 years ago, the summer after my sophomore year at Northwestern and I dreamed of working in the same space as hosts Mary Hart and Mark Steines and now I'm living that dream," she added.

Harris first joined 'Dancing With the Stars' in 2006 when she took over for Lisa Canning. And while we're sure that many 'Dancing' fans will miss her commentary, we think this may be the best thing to happen in the show in a long time -- and here's why:Samantha HarrisHere's a 'Dancing' move we never saw coming.

PEOPLE is exclusively reporting that Samantha Harris is leaving her co-host position on 'Dancing With the Stars,' just two months before the show's 10th season premiere.

According to the report, Harris' exit will allow her to focus on her duties at 'The Insider' and 'Entertainment Tonight Weekend.'

"[DWTS] could not have been more of a dream job," she said. "I loved every single second of it and I've made lifelong friends at the show."

"I interned at Entertainment Tonight 15 years ago, the summer after my sophomore year at Northwestern and I dreamed of working in the same space as hosts Mary Hart and Mark Steines and now I'm living that dream," she added.

Harris first joined 'Dancing With the Stars' in 2006 when she took over for Lisa Canning. And while we're sure that many 'Dancing' fans will miss her commentary, we think this may be the best thing to happen in the show in a long time -- and here's why.

Awkward Backstage Interviews
Every performance comes to a screeching halt when the contestants head backstage for their interview with Harris, who typically asks awkward and unnecessary questions. Worse is the fact that she's not actually an expert in ballroom dancing. (As much as we rag on 'Idol''s Kara DioGuardi, at least she knows her music.)

Bizarre Fashion Choices
Ok, so Harris normally looks great on the ballroom, and is in better shape than probably 99 percent of the country -- not to mention the contestants. But we're still not over that frizz incident of season 9.

No Chemistry

On his own, host Tom Bergeron knows how to keep the show moving, and is good at keeping the judging panel on its toes with his witty banter. But with Harris, it's a different story. A lot of the time, their conversations feel scripted, forced and, as you'll see below, a little awkward.



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