"[The All-Stars Season] was my last," Derek told The Clicker. "I was planning on not coming back. It really felt like the end." Whew! At least we weren't crazy when we felt like he was saying goodbye at the end of last season.
So, why is Derek coming back? The answer is not what we expected.
See, Derek and his sister Julianne are producing a fictional show about ballroom dancing for Starz, so Derek decided he had to do another season of DWTS because he works better — getting things done "more often and more quickly" — when he's busy.
"My other project will benefit from be doing another season of Dancing With the Stars," he explained. Plus, he just loves doing the show!
"It was a last-minute decision, but it’s a decision that I’m very, very happy with," he added.
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Dancing With the Stars Season 16 premieres March 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT onABC.