Carrie Ann Inaba: ‘We Miss Sherri Shepherd Already’

dancing with the starsNo one expected Sherri Shepherd would be the one sent packing on April 10’s shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars — not even the judges.’s TV Editor Kelsea Stahler spoke to DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba at the TV Land Awards on April 14 in NYC and discussed her feelings about The View host’s too-soon departure. Like most of the world, she was completely surprised and baffled with the results.

“She really wanted to be there and I love that she didn’t hold back,” Inaba said. “A lot of people want to be there, but they won’t say it like that. She’s been so open about it, and I was hoping she’d go so much further.”

But even though Shepherd was asked to hang up her dance shoes for the competition, Inaba hopes that she’ll still continue to dance. “I hope that she doesn’t stop dancing,” she shared. “It was nice to see her sparkle like that… I know that we miss her already on the show.”

Be sure to check out how each couple performs this week without Shepherd on Monday, April 16 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC.

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