DWTS Producer (Tries to) Defends Himself After Letting Tom Bergeron Go From Season 29

Yeah, this dude is full of crap. Get a load of this from ET.

“It’s all about evolution,” he told reporters Wednesday during Day 2 of ABC’s virtual fall press day. “Any show like this that has been on for many, many seasons needs to continue to evolve. So I think changing that host is all about evolution. It was all about making the show feel fresh, making it feel new and make it reach out to a new audience — as well as the audience that’s been there for years.”

While viewers have lamented the absence of Bergeron and Andrews, Llinares believes switching from a two-host format to one has been “working brilliantly.”

“I think it’s really refreshed the pace of the show. It’s taken it to a new place, in terms of moving fast and feeling different. I think that there’s a real danger when a show has been on for a long time that the audience almost gets bored of the rhythm of it. It doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with it, just that it gets a little boring,” he said. “I think it’s changed the rhythm of the show in a really exciting way. I think Tyra is doing an amazing, amazing job. It’s been wonderful having her energy in the ballroom and her expertise as a host in the ballroom. She’s brought a new life to everything.”

If he had left it at the first paragraph, I might have believed him. but then he goes on and on. And not just the above…he carries on even after saying “she brought new life to everything”.

He doubled down on parting ways with Bergeron and Andrews, reiterating that it’s about keeping the show “relevant.”

“When a show’s been on for this many seasons, it’s very easy to stay in a place where it doesn’t feel like there’s anything wrong but does the show feel fresh, exciting and new? It’s really tough… We’ve always been successful on all those shows where we continue to evolve and continue to move things on. That’s something we’ve been doing right across the board with this show,” Llinares explained. “The host is part of it, bringing Derek in is part of it, but also throughout the fabric of everything on the show — the set has been updated, it feels more current and the way we’re filming the packages… all of those things take the show into a place where it feels more current. We wanted to make the show feel relevant, but still hold on to the heart of the show.”

There’s this old saying “Me thinks he doth protest too much”….meaning, if you’d shut the fuck up about it we might have believed you. But the constant blathering on makes you sound…guilty. Apologies to Shakespear fans, I know the actual line is: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”

He also claims he’s been talking to Derek “for months” and the original plan was to have the original three judges plus Derek. Um, can you imagine four judges and 15 couples AND Tyrant?? Yeah, me neither.