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People Staff
October 10, 2007 12:00 AM

New mom Samantha Harris is dusting off her mic for her return as Dancing With the Stars cohost on Oct. 15, she confirms to PEOPLE.

Harris, 33, who welcomed daughter Josselyn Sydney Hess on Sept. 23, will return for the remainder of the season.

And the news should come as no surprise to fans. At the beginning of Tuesday’s results show, Drew Lachey, Dancing‘s season two’s champ who has been filling in for Harris, announced her imminent return. Saying, he was, “filling in one last time for Samantha Harris–who’s coming back next week,” Lachey added, “tonight, we eliminate yet another star.”

Quipped host Tom Bergeron: “And one of the hosts!” Audience members reacted with applause, congratulating Lachey on a job well done.

But Lachey will have another opportunity to show off his hosting skills. He will return to the air as the host of a similar ABC competition, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, a six-week series that includes DWTS judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. The show, which will feature amateur performers, is slotted to air later this season. –Brian Orloff, with reporting by Monica Rizzo

Tell us: Are you excited for Samantha’s return next week? And will you miss Drew?

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