‘Dancing with the Stars’ fans have been going absolutely nuts after Mark Ballas was noticeably absent from the show’s season 23 roster. Now, Mark is putting all concerns to rest with an heartfelt, letter he shared on social media on Aug. 31, explaining the situation. See the full message here!
Mark, 30, is ready to move on to a new chapter. “I wanted to hand write this letter to personally thank each and every one of you for the support over the years. I am incredibly moved and grateful for all of your messages over the past 24 hours,” the classically trained ballroom dancer wrote in a handwritten letter. “I know many of you are concerned and curious. I want to wish my ‘DWTS’ comrades luck this season. I’ll miss competing and creating outside the box.”
Okay, so Mark isn’t returning for the show’s 23rd season, but this won’t be the last people will see of him. In the letter, Mark also hinted at new projects in the works. “However, I am looking forward to this new chapter and venture that is beginning shortly,” he added. “I will soon have news for you all where to find me. I hope to see many of you there.”
Still, he wanted to thank all of his fans for their continued love and support. “I love you all so much and couldn’t be more grateful for your loyalty and support. You mean the world to me,” Mark concluded.
The DWTS vet began competing on the show’s fifth season in 2007, and since then he hadn’t missed one season, even when he injured his back in Apr. 2016. During his 9-year career on the show, Mark won the mirror ball trophy twice — once with figure skater, Kristi Yamaguchi, 45, in season six, and again with gymnast Shawn Johnson, 24, in season eight.
As for the “new venture” Mark is plotting, the 30-year-old is planning to head to New York City for a year, as he begins preparing for his starring role in Broadway’s hit show, Jersey Boys, according to Entertainment Weekly. That sounds awesome!
While many will miss Mark on the upcoming season, there are a lot of bright new faces to look forward to seeing. Good Morning America confirmed on Aug. 29, that Amber Rose, 32, Vanilla Ice, 48, as well as Team USA’s top Olympics medalists, Laurie Hernandez, 16, and Ryan Lochte, 31, would all be joining the cast . Something tells us this season is going to be great! Dancing With the Stars returns to ABC on Monday, September 12, at 8 p.m. ET.
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