Brooke Burke-Charvet: Dancing Out Of The Ballroom - DWTS

by Brooke Burke-Charvet

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"One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to gain."

A recent article on the Huffington Post titled You’re Doing It Right, Brooke Burke-Charvet, written by the lovely David Kessler, really hit home for me.  I’m certain many people across our country faced with job security fears will appreciate his words. Unexpected change is challenging, but the way in which we choose to deal with it is most important and character-defining.

My not-returning-to Dancing with the Stars has made quite a splash in the press over the past week.  The only shocking thing about it, for me, was the way in which it all went down.  Finding out that I would not be returning to the ballroom just weeks before the premiere was quite a shake up.  I would have appreciated a heads-up and the courtesy of communication, but we are not always privileged to get that in the work place. 

My kids were in the car when I got the call and my son shouted, “You got fired Mommy?!”  I tried to explain the difference between being fired and being let go. Then he yelled, “You quit!”  I laughed at the fine line in it all.  Then I did my very best to describe to my children the reality of change and the need to maneuver through it with grace. 

In the bigger picture, this is a positive change for me and I honestly believe this is the optimum time for me to dance out of the ballroom.

I had eight (NOT seven, as written everywhere) fabulous seasons co-hosting the show.  It was a blast! I made many friends, which I will keep and support in every way.  I had the honor to work beside Tom Bergeron, whom I adore and have great respect for. I learned many valuable life lessons and TV skills in the chaos of live television.  I am very grateful for my time at DWTS and I’m never greedy - eight seasons was the perfect run.  I will always celebrate my coveted Mirrorball trophy and all that it parlayed me into.  I’ll never forget dancing in the arms of the brilliant Derek Hough and how he helped me to find the rhythm in my own world. 

Today I’m buried in new possibilities.  I have no hard feeling and no regrets. I sincerely have to thank all my faithful, funny and crazy fans.  You made me laugh and warmed me during a transitional time and I adore you guys! Thank you, thank you.

I can't exactly say I know  “how to handle change like a champ” as David Kessler wrote, but what I do know is this….

The way in which you walk out is equally as important as the way you stroll in.  That goes for life, love, and everything in between.