Cheryl Burke is preparing to leave the show after 19 seasons

By Lynette Rice
Updated October 28, 2014 12:25 PM
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When Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke said goodbye Monday night, she meant it.

As she hinted at the beginning of the season, Burke, 30, is preparing to leave Dancing with the Stars – the ABC reality show that made her a household name.

Her contract isn’t up until the end of the season, but the judges and viewers hastened her departure by booting her celebrity partner Antonio Sabato Jr. on Monday.

The show’s first female pro to win two consecutive mirror-ball trophies lost a chance at a third when the judges pooh-poohed her Halloween-themed Viennese waltz with the General Hospital actor.

“It was a bit hectic,” lamented judge Len Goodman.

And with that, Burke heard her last round of critiques – and saw her last parade of paddles – after 19 seasons.

In the video below, hear what Burke had to say about the judges’ harsh words – and whether this is truly the end.

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