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Cheryl Burke is leaving DWTS

Cheryl Burke says she’s been “non stop crying” since making the decision to leave ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after 17 years and 26 seasons.

“It has been very emotional. There [are] a lot of emotions and there’s lots of excitement, but there’s also lots of fear. At the end of the day, this is actually maybe another divorce in a way that I’m going through in one year,” Cheryl said on Sunday.

Burke became a household name from the show, but says it’s taken it’s toll.

“Lately I’ve talked a lot about how my body — it just hurts,” Burke shares. For me as a dancer, as a woman, unfortunately, this is what happens as an athlete as well. There comes a time where —I’m almost 40 years old. I’m 38, and I have certain expectations I set for myself. Sometimes, if I don’t see what I want to see or think that I am producing, that has a lot to do with it. But then also, it has a lot to do with growth in general.”

The show has taken a toll not only physically on Burke, but mentally too, and she’s looking forward to going easier on herself.

“At the end of the day, it’s my sobriety as well,” the Burke in the Game podcast host says. “I feel like I really have evolved and have just done a lot of work within myself and to continue to be judged, to continue to worry about my body, to continue to worry about if I look good or not look good in a costume is not where I am at today.”