Mary Murphy Leaves So You Think You Can Dance After 11 Seasons – Read the Statement!

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The Hot Tamale Train is leaving the station…

After being a staple in the judge’s chair alongside Nigel Lythgoe for the majority of 11 seasons of the hit FOX dance competition “So You Think You Can Dance,” Mary Murphy will not be returning to the show, as her option was not renewed.

A favorite amongst fans and the competing dancers themselves, Murphy offered the following official statement:

I’m saddened of course to be released from my contract.  I’m very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” for 11 seasons.  I’m sure there wasn’t a person watching that didn’t know I loved what I did!!

Thank you to the dancers and choreographers who inspired and enriched my life every week; to the crew and producers, especially James Breen, Jeff Thacker, and Nigel Lythgoe, I thank you for believing in me.  And thank you to my fans,as you always put a smile on my face when I encountered you.  It has been a great pleasure and honor to be part of the dance wave that went global.

The Conductor of the Hot Tamale Train,

Mary Murphy

The Emmy-nominated hit show featured Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe in the resident judges’ chairs for nearly every one of the show’s 11 seasons.  Murphy was beloved amongst viewers and the dancers and known for her passionate screams and howls of approval, often rewarding standout performers a ticket aboard the “hot tamale train” after a particularly incredible performance, earning her the nickname “The Queen of Scream.”

We will miss you on SYTYCD, Mary!

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.