brooke burke-chavretThe news that Erin Andrews will be replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet on the new season of Dancing With the Stars came as a shock to everyone -- most of all to Brooke herself.

While her diehard fans may have hoped that she left to pursue other high-profile opportunities, that couldn't be further from the truth. Us Weekly has learned the real reason the former model will no longer be on the ABC hit and the horrible way she learned she was getting the axe.

A source told the magazine that Brooke wasn't even given advance notice about the decision. After several loyal seasons alongside Tom Bergeron, she was told "just hours before it was announced. She had no idea." Ouch. What a humiliation for the star.

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Adding insult to injury, the reason she got the sudden boot was because of her age ... sort of. The source revealed that producers think that tall, blonde Erin will be a bigger draw for young male viewers, which the network is incredibly desperate to attract. There is no question that the sportscaster is hot. The chemistry between her and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy kept our tongues wagging all season long. But what is Brooke -- chopped liver?

For a woman who has given birth four times, she looks out-of-this-world amazing. But perhaps that's the problem. Maybe the fact that she is a mom affects guys' perception of her. It could be that they see her more of a motherly figure than a hot babe. And the network seems to want more of a sex symbol, according to Us Weekly sources.

Despite the disappointment, Brooke has taken the high road. She hasn't publicly spoken a negative word about the show. "So much chatter bout DWTS," she tweeted on February 23. "I'm really cool everyone. I did my 7 seasons, had a blast! I'm ready for change. I love your loyalty. Thank you!"

Do you think that's the real reason Brooke was fired?

 
 

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