dancing with the stars kym johnson leaving season 17 gi 'Dancing with the Stars': Kym Johnson to leave after 14 seasons

Kym Johnson, one of the longest-performing professional dancers on “Dancing with the Stars,” will not appear on the upcoming Season 17. Instead, she is returning to her home in Australia for the season.

Don’t worry though — the two-time winner of the Mirror Ball trophy — is planning to return to the “DWTS” stage for future seasons, according to a report from Us Weekly.

“I will be taking the next season off from ‘DWTS’ USA, so that I may accept an amazing work opportunity back home in Australia,” Johnson explained. “I am excited, nervous and humbled by this chance and look forward to sharing more about it with you soon.” The 37-year-old dancer did not give any further details about what she might be doing instead.

Originally a pro on the Australian edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” beginning in 2004, Johnson first appeared on American screens for “DWTS” Season 3 in 2006. She won the show for the first time in 2009 with Season 9’s Donny Osmond and in 2011 with Season 12’s Hines Ward.

At least Kym Johnson does have plans to return to “Dancing with the Stars” for Season 18 (probably airing in the spring of 2014). “I wish all the dancers and celebrities in Season 17 nothing but love and success and hope to see you all back on the dance floor for Season 18,” she said.

Posted by:Laurel Brown