Artem Chigvintsev and Sharna Burgess are ‘unbelievably sad’ they’re not returning to ‘Dancing with the Stars’

As expected, Artem Chigvintsev is not returning to “Dancing with the Stars” this season — and neither is reigning champ Sharna Burgess. The two pros were MIA during Wednesday’s cast announcement on “Good Morning America,” and both shared in lengthy Instagram posts shortly afterwards that they were sad and disappointed not to be returning.

“I just want to say how sad it makes me feel not to be part of Season 28 of ‘DWTS,’ Chigvintsev wrote. “It’s been 10 years since I have joined this absolutely, one of a kind, incredible show! It has given me recognition as a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. I have had so many beautiful memories with all of my celebrity partners! They all have shaped me into the person that I am today.”

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I just want to say how sad it makes me feel not to be part of Season 28 of DWTS. It’s been 10 years since I have joined this absolutely, one of a kind, incredible show! It has given me recognition as a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. I have had so many beautiful memories with all of my celebrity partners! They all have shaped me into the person that I am today. Special thank you goes to all the people behind the camera who work extremely hard to not only impress our fans but to make our pro dancer’s visions come to life. What I will miss the most is working along side my coworkers, the heroes of the show. I want to wish them and their new celebrity partners the best of luck this season! I want you all to make it better than it ever was before! Because our DWTS Fans, who mean SO much to me, want DWTS to continue going strong for many, many years to come. To all the fans, I want to thank you SO much for supporting me all these years! I simply couldn’t have done it without you! Without your love! Without your connection! And most importantly without your support! You all have no idea how much I will miss you all this season! I’m already missing you all so much! Even though this is so hard on me, I will be DWTS #1 fan, cheering you all on every Monday night! Good luck to everyone on Seasons 28! With lots of Love Artem  #dwts @dancingabc

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Chigvintsev’s exclusion was anticipated after he and his girlfriend and Season 25 partner, Nikki Bella, heavily implied as such on Instagram over the weekend after he had a mysterious “bad day” and she spoke of new beginnings professionally and personally.

Burgess’ absence was not hinted at beforehand, but she had been one of the longer-tenured pros of the current crop, having been on every season since Season 16, and she finally got her (controversial) win last season with Bobby Bones.

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“As I’m sure you’ve heard, I will not be returning to @dancingabc this season. I am unbelievably sad to not be back!!!” she wrote. “However, what i can whole heartedly tell you is that It’s all good, ALL love and in this moment I can’t help but be grateful for the time and the journey that I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the incredible talent I’ve shared the stage with and the memories I’ve made. To say the least.. it’s been epic. ♥️ and to have finally won still feels as exciting and special as it did the moment @tombergeron said our names.”

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♥️ As I’m sure you’ve heard, I will not be returning to @dancingabc this season. I am unbelievably sad to not be back!!! However, what i can whole heartedly tell you is that It’s all good, ALL love and in this moment I can’t help but be grateful for the time and the journey that I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the incredible talent I’ve shared the stage with and the memories I’ve made. To say the least.. it’s been epic. ♥️ and to have finally won still feels as exciting and special as it did the moment @tombergeron said our names. . After nearly 9 years I feel like I grew up on the show. I am going to truly miss creating, story telling and performing for you all, I’ll miss giving the transformative power of dance to the person in front of me, and I’ll miss seeing my Dwts family every day and watching them work their craft in ways that inspire me. Though nothing could ever replace my love for the show, there are things coming into my world that I’m excited to dive into now that I have time. Everything happens for a reason ♥️ you know me.. I’ll share when I can. I have endless love and gratitude for all of you and for everyone at the show. For my fellow pros you light up the stage time and time again, you are what makes the show magical and I can’t wait to watch you shine. ✨ And to all 12 of my partners… thank you thank you and I adore you. I’ll be watching and cheering this coming season for all of my fam out on that dance floor!!! Good luck everyone, may this be the best season yet! Let’s go season 28!!! 💋 #dwts

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Based on their statements, it’s safe to say skipping this season was not their choice. Burgess even dropped an “everything happens for a reason” in there. Both have a laundry list of thank you’s and things they’ll miss — fans, producers, partners, crew, etc — and their similar tone suggests that they believe they’re done with the show for good, especially Burgess, who has “things coming into my world that I’m excited to dive into now that I have time.” (She’s coming off a judging stint on the Australian version of “Dancing with the Stars.”)

Pros sit out seasons all the time, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, so it won’t be shocking at all if either one of them returns in the future. Hell, we thought Cheryl Burke was done multiple times and here she is, back again. Chigvintsev has also been burned by the show before: He was originally announced as one of the pros in Season 21 before he was dropped because of last-minute casting changes. That’s the only season he’s missed since joining in Season 19.

The pros who are on this season are Burke, Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Peta Murgatroyd, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater. There are also two new pros, seven-time U.S. 10-Dance and Latin champions Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov, who also appeared on “World of Dance” Season 2. If you’ve just counted up all those names, we’ve got 14 pros and 12 announced celebrities. So who knows what the show has up its sleeve since the partnerships won’t be revealed until the premiere.

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, Sept. 16 at 8/7c on ABC.

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