Cheryl Burke Says She Hopes To Stay On Dancing With The Star After Partner’s Surprising Exit



Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke is opening up after the unexpected exit of her celebrity partner Ray Lewis, and admitted she is hoping she can stay on the show after he left.

On the Monday, September 30, episode of season 28, former NFL player Ray Lewis revealed he had to quit the competition after reinjuring his foot and would need surgery. His partner, Cheryl Burke went on to perform their scheduled dance with season 24 winner Rashad Jennings, but she is hoping that isn’t the end of her time on the season.

“I don’t think anything is planned yet. I’d actually love to be a mentor to these couples,” Burke said when asked whether or not she would be able to stay on in some capacity. “We all need guidance, we all need a third eye. What we did for Juniors in a way, I’d be there for anyone who wants help or anyone who wants someone to watch their dance and give an opinion. I’d [also] like to help out with the music department a little bit.”

She added that the show used to have a mentor, and everyone found that very helpful. “I could totally fill that spot. When it comes to dancing, they can hire a dancer, but I have experience with the show for 22 seasons that I’d actually like to share with everybody,” the 35-year-old continued. “We all have the same goal. We want to make the show great.”

While she would like to stay on the show, the dancer also hinted that she would like to start a family soon with husband Matthew Lawrence which means she wouldn’t be able to dance. “I’d like to maybe be a judge. I could be pregnant and judge,” she said with a laugh. “I just can’t be pregnant and dancing!”

Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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Telisa Carter

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