(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing with the Stars will be without its longtime band leader when it returns for a new season this spring.
ABC and the show’s producer, BBC Worldwide Productions, said in a statement, “Our talented Music Director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.”
“Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home. We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck,” the statement continued.
The show is still expected to have a live band, but the details are currently unclear. The new season begins on March 17.
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