who has appeared on the show for 10 seasons and won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on the 25th
season of the show, explained in an Instagram post why she had to make "one of the hardest decisions."
The dancer, who lives with her husband and daughter in Utah, cites her priorities lie with them,
and although they "exhausted every option" to make the job work, it was not in the cards.
Her announcement comes hours after another pro, Sharna Burgess, announced that she
too had "made the really hard decision to not do the season," on her Instagram stories.
Other pros, including Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson and Cheryl Burke chimed in on
Cusick's departure, with Burke writing, "Love you Linds and miss YOU already."
Sean Spicer, her celebrity partner from season 28, wrote, "It was an honor to be your partner.
I saw every day how caring, patient and kind you are. The show was better for you and now Sam and Sage get you full time. "
Initial leaks of the season 31 cast have already rumpled feathers with fans online,
with many not interested in the slew of stars culled for the next round of competition.
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