(Srsly, what was with that sniffling??)
It's the end of an era.
That's because FOX announced on Monday that Mary Murphy will no longer be a part of So You Think You Can Dance.
Mary has been a regular on eight of the show's 11 seasons, having been a guest judge for cycles one, two, and seven, so her absence will be more than noticeable.
"I'm saddened of course to be released from my contract. I'm very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show, "So You Think You Can Dance," for 11 seasons. I'm sure there wasn't a person watching that didn't know I loved what I did!!
Thank you to the dancers and choreographers who inspired and enriched my life every week; to the crew and producers, especially James Breen, Jeff Thacker, and Nigel Lythgoe, I thank you for believing in me. And thank you to my fans, as you always put a smile on my face when I encountered you. It has been a great pleasure and honor to be part of the dance wave that went global."
It sounds to us like Mary didn't necessarily leave on her own accord.
And in addition to Mary's personal goodbye, FOX and the show's producers, Dick Clark Productions and 19 Entertainment, also released a statement, saying:
"Mary has been a huge part of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, from mentoring the dancers as a choreographer to inspiring fans as a judge. She will always be part of our DANCE family and we wish her continued success."
We're just glad the split sounds amicable on all sides!
Like its sister show American Idol, SYTYCD has had some problems in the ratings department for the past few years, and was even downsized from two episodes per week to one.
There's no word yet on who fill her judging seat.
So… we're thinking Mary's exit might just be the final nail in the reality TV staple's coffin.
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