February 25th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
Erin Andrews knows she's going to have a lot of work to do when she replaces Brooke Burke-Charvet on "Dancing With the Stars" this season.
The Fox Sports personality (and former "DWTS") competitor admitted to People magazine that she's fully expecting fans of Burke-Charvet to need time to adjust to her presence on the show.
"I don't blame the audience at all," she told the mag. "I know that I have huge shoes to fill. I'm a fan of Brooke. She was very wonderful toward me in my season. She was so caring and so fantastic. I can only hope I can emulate somebody like that and use her for guidance."
The hosting change came unexpectedly over the weekend, after Burke-Charvet tweeted on Friday that she'd been let go from her role as co-host with Tom Bergeron. Burke-Charvet, also a former "DWTS" competitor, had been in that position since 2010.
But it seems ABC was ready for a change, and thus tapped Andrews to step in.
Burke-Charvet has assured her fans that she's welcoming the shift, even if it came out of the blue. According to Andrews, she's been in discussion with "DWTS" for the past few weeks while also juggling duties at Fox Sports, including covering the Super Bowl on February 2.
"When they approached me, I really didn't even know if it was going to be possible because I'm fully committed to Fox Sports. That's my love," Andrews said.
After thinking it over, the 35-year-old is planning to hold both positions, and bring a little of her sports-centric personality to the ballroom floor.
"I don't think I can do anything but be myself," she said.
Andrews' debut as co-host will be on March 17, when "DWTS" returns for its 18th season.
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