Derek Hough not returning for 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 22

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Derek Hough Is Taking a Season Off From 'Dancing with The Stars'

Derek Hough will not be returning to defend his title next season on Dancing With the Stars, ET confirms.

The 30-year-old dancer, who won his sixth mirror ball trophy in season 21 with fan favorite Bindi Irwin, will be "taking a break" from the dancing competition, and starring in a new Broadway production of Singin' in the Rain, producer Harvey Weinstein announced over the weekend.

EXCLUSIVE: Derek Hough Met the Koala Bindi Irwin Named After Him & He Could Hardly Contain Himself!

"Proud to be a part of another adventure with The Weinstein Company," Hough shared on Instagram, adding the hashtags "#Broadway #singingintherainmusical #classic #2017."

WATCH: How 'Dancing With the Stars' Got Derek Hough Back for Season 20

Hough opened up to ET last week about his sister, Julianne Hough, departing the show after serving as a judge for three seasons.

"I think she did three great seasons, and it's time for her to go," Hough explained at the Vanity Fair and FIAT Brand's Young Hollywood celebration on Feb. 24. "She's got great things on the horizon, and she's doing great things. Len [Goodman]'s coming back, and so, you know, I think four judges feels a little redundant anyways, so I think it's the right thing to do."

After joining the dancing competition in season five, Hough has only missed one season. While the performer insisted in 2012 that season 15 would be his last, he nevertheless came back. He was also originally not expected to perform in season 20 last spring, but producers worked around his schedule starring in the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall to allow him to compete with Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin.

EXCLUSIVE: Derek Hough Talks Julianne Hough's DWTS Exit: 'It's Time for Her to Go'

See images from the Season 21 finale:

25 PHOTOS
Dancing with the Stars finale
See Gallery
Derek Hough not returning for 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 22
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
(Photo: ABC)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Nick Carter (L) and Sharna Burgess attend ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Live Finale at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Alek Skarlatos (L) and Lindsay Arnold attend ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Live Finale at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Bindi Irwin (L) and Derek Hough attend ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Live Finale at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Alek Skarlatos (L) and Lindsay Arnold attend ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Live Finale at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: A general view of atmosphere at ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Season Finale hosted by The Grove at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Caruso Affiliated)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: (L-R) Sharna Burgess, Nick Carter, Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin attend ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Live Finale at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: A general view of atmosphere at ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Season Finale hosted by The Grove at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Caruso Affiliated)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

More from AOL.com:
Former child star brings Aguilera to tears on 'Voice'
Rory Feek shares tragic update on wife Joey's cancer
Palin shares pic of newborn as dad's identity remains a mystery to public

Read Full Story

From Our Partners