Derek Hough Confirms Dancing with the Stars Departure

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For the second time in two days, a major reality star is loving a beloved cast member.

Following the news that Mary Murphy is leaving So You Think You Can Dance, Derek Hough has confirmed that he will not be a part of Dancing with the Stars Season 20.

Derek Hough with Facial Hair

The winningest professional in the history of the ABC competition, Hough revealed on Tuesday that he's off to Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

"I am ecstatic that I’ll able to extend my passion for performing to the Great Stage of Radio City Music Hall in New York Spring Spectacular," Derek said via statement. "Performing at Radio City Music Hall in a show that celebrates everything that is beloved about New York City is a dream."

Hough will appear opposite Laura Benanti (who, like Hough, appeared on Nashville Season 3 earlier this year) - along with the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne - in a show that starts previews on March 12 and runs through May 3.

Hough’s seven-week run will overlap with the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars, though it’s entirely possible the hunk could return down the line.

The ABC ballroom will open up once again in March, with Cheryl Burke also missing this edition of the franchise and head judge Len Goodman having previously announced he’ll be stepping down after Season 20.

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