Kym Johnson Leaving Dancing With the Stars for "Amazing Work Opportunity"

Entertainment Aug. 19, 2013 AT 6:00PM
Kym Johnson on 'Dancing With The Stars' Professional ballroom dancer Kym Johnson exclusively tells Us Weekly that she's leaving Dancing With the Stars to accept "an amazing work opportunity back home in Australia." Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty images

After 14 seasons on Dancing With the Stars, Kym Johnson is hanging up her dancing shoes. The 37-year-old Australian professional ballroom dancer exclusively tells Us Weekly that she's leaving the ABC reality dance competition show -- but not for good!

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"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 tells Us, although she declined to go into further detail about the new home country gig. "I am excited, nervous and humbled by this chance and look forward to sharing more about it with you soon."

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Johnson first appeared on the Australian version of Dancing With the Stars in 2004, before joining the U.S. show in 2006 for Season 3. She is a two-time Mirror Ball champion after coming in first place with partner Donny Osmond in 2009 and Hines Ward in 2011.

"I wish all the dancers and celebrities in season 17 nothing but love and success," Johnson tells Us, "and hope to see you all back on the dance floor for season 18." 

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