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Briefs: Erin Andrews out at ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘Divorce Court’ needs Atlanta couples, CNN’s new ‘race’ team

DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - "Episode 2604" - After three weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final three couples advance to the finals of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes," live on MONDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Byron Cohen) TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS
DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES - "Episode 2604" - After three weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final three couples advance to the finals of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes," live on MONDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Byron Cohen) TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS

Credit: Byron Cohen

Credit: Byron Cohen

Former Atlanta-based sports broadcaster Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron are out at “Dancing with the Stars.”

Bergeron has been there since the beginning 15 years and 28 seasons ago. That’s about 450 episodes. Erin Andrews joined the show as a co-host in 2014 after competing on the show herself season 10 and made it to the finals.

“Tom Bergeron will forever be part of the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ family,” the show said in a statement. “As we embark on a new creative direction, he departs the show with our sincerest thanks and gratitude for his trademark wit and charm that helped make this show a success. Erin will also not be returning, and we appreciate all that she brought to the ballroom. Fans have been rooting for her since she originally competed as a contestant back in 2010, and her signature sense of humor has become a hallmark of the show.”

The show was a huge hit from the beginning, and despite some rather questionable “stars” and a super old audience, ABC has kept it around.

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“Divorce Court,” which is hoping to shoot the next season in Atlanta starting this summer, is still seeking metro Atlanta couples to be on the show.

The 22nd season features a new judge: Faith Jenkins. She replaced Lynn Toler, who had creative differences with the producers, and the two sides effectively divorced.

The producers are always hunting for people on the verge of breaking up. Couples chosen are compensated $940 per couple and some free therapy and advice, too, in exchange for doing it public. Call 323-680-8750 or email andy@divorcecourt.com.

The show moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles in 2018.

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CNN, effectively based in New York but still has sizable operations in Atlanta, is planning “a new and expanded race team” following the recent protests and movement regarding systemic racism, network president Jeff Zucker told staff Monday.

“I could not be prouder of the impactful work that CNN has done on every platform in the last few years – and especially in the last several weeks – covering race and racial injustice in America,” Zucker wrote in an internal memo. “Our reporting has been powerful, emotional, and helped to shed a light on the growing movement against institutional racism.  Today, I am pleased to announce that we are making an even more significant, sustained commitment to ensure race coverage is a permanent part of our journalism.”

Zucker said this won’t be a “silo” for race coverage but more like a “center and a beacon to enable us to do all the work there is to do in the most timely, relevant way we can for audiences across all platforms.”

The team will soon hire a senior writer, senior editor and breaking and trend writer.

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