Karina Smirnoff Not Returning To Dancing With The Stars

Posted on February 11th, 2015 at 6:55 am
True Karina Smirnoff Not Returning To Dancing With The StarsAs speculated, Karina Smirnoff will not be returning to Dancing With The Stars. The hit ABC show announced who will be returning for season 20, and Smirnoff was very noticeably not on the list. The pro dancer, who has starred on DWTS for 16 seasons, explained her departure in a long Instagram post: "Many of you have been asking if I will be back for season 20 of DWTS and I wanted all of my incredible family to hear it directly from me. After a lot of thought and prayer, I've decided to focus my energies on some other exciting endeavors including adding author to my resume. I have absolutely loved dancing for all of you for all these years and feel blessed to have been given a platform to put my passion for dance, choreography and creativity on display," Karina said. The brunette beauty continues, "DWTS has been a huge part of my life for the last 10 years and i will always have a special place in my heart for it. I am thrilled that now you will be seeing more of me in new arenas in the days and weeks to come. My first book We're Just Not That Into You - Dating Disasters From the Trenches was released today and I look forward to hearing from you as you read it! I love all of you so very much and couldn't feel more grateful for your support in all that I do! #werejustnotthatintoyou." Those returning to the show include, Witney Carson, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, Kym Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Allison Holker, Emma Slater and Artem Chigvintsev.