Nikki Bella's Boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev Reacts to Being Cut from DWTS Season 28 Cast

American pro wrestler Nikki Bella’s boyfriend, Artem Chifvintsev, expressed how he was devasted when he found out that he hadn’t been cast in the new season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

When the full cast of “DWTS” was officially announced on “Good Morning America,” pro dancer Artem Chifvintsev was devastated because his name was not on the list. 

Chifvintsev’s unexpected departure from the show left him in utter shock. On August 21, the dancer addressed the news through an emotional Instagram post

“I just want to say how sad it makes me feel not to be part of Season 28 of DWTS,” he wrote in his Instagram message. “It’s been 10 years since I have joined this absolutely, one of a kind, incredible show! It has given me recognition as a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. I have had so many beautiful memories with all of my celebrity partners! They all have shaped me into the person that I am today.” 

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I just want to say how sad it makes me feel not to be part of Season 28 of DWTS. It’s been 10 years since I have joined this absolutely, one of a kind, incredible show! It has given me recognition as a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. I have had so many beautiful memories with all of my celebrity partners! They all have shaped me into the person that I am today. Special thank you goes to all the people behind the camera who work extremely hard to not only impress our fans but to make our pro dancer’s visions come to life. What I will miss the most is working along side my coworkers, the heroes of the show. I want to wish them and their new celebrity partners the best of luck this season! I want you all to make it better than it ever was before! Because our DWTS Fans, who mean SO much to me, want DWTS to continue going strong for many, many years to come. To all the fans, I want to thank you SO much for supporting me all these years! I simply couldn’t have done it without you! Without your love! Without your connection! And most importantly without your support! You all have no idea how much I will miss you all this season! I’m already missing you all so much! Even though this is so hard on me, I will be DWTS #1 fan, cheering you all on every Monday night! Good luck to everyone on Seasons 28! With lots of Love Artem  #dwts @dancingabc

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A “PUNCH IN THE STOMACH”

On August 16, Chifvintsev got a call that said he wouldn’t be a part of the “DWTS” cast for the upcoming season. He was gutted since the news was totally unexpected.

In his girlfriend Nikki Bella’s podcast “The Bellas,” Chifvintsev opened up about how it felt after he was cut out before the cast of the 28th season of “DWTS” was announced. 

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Best Sunday with my 🐒

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“I don’t know where to begin to be honest with you. ‘Obviously, it was a massive shock. Having those calls is never, never, never fun,” he said.

CHIFVINSTEV WASN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO BID FAREWELL TO “DWTS”

According to the pro dancer, he was 99% sure that he would be cast in the new season. 

“There was never really a thought in my mind that I [wasn’t] going to be doing it. … But getting this call and [hearing], ‘There’s going to be no involvement in the show from now on’ — it’s like going through a breakup after 10 years,” he said

Aside from Chifvintsev, pro dancer Sharna Burgess will not be returning to the “DWTS” ballroom. They were both “shocked” upon hearing the news. 

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♥️ As I’m sure you’ve heard, I will not be returning to @dancingabc this season. I am unbelievably sad to not be back!!! However, what i can whole heartedly tell you is that It’s all good, ALL love and in this moment I can’t help but be grateful for the time and the journey that I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the incredible talent I’ve shared the stage with and the memories I’ve made. To say the least.. it’s been epic. ♥️ and to have finally won still feels as exciting and special as it did the moment @tombergeron said our names. . After nearly 9 years I feel like I grew up on the show. I am going to truly miss creating, story telling and performing for you all, I’ll miss giving the transformative power of dance to the person in front of me, and I’ll miss seeing my Dwts family every day and watching them work their craft in ways that inspire me. Though nothing could ever replace my love for the show, there are things coming into my world that I’m excited to dive into now that I have time. Everything happens for a reason ♥️ you know me.. I’ll share when I can. I have endless love and gratitude for all of you and for everyone at the show. For my fellow pros you light up the stage time and time again, you are what makes the show magical and I can’t wait to watch you shine. ✨ And to all 12 of my partners... thank you thank you and I adore you. I’ll be watching and cheering this coming season for all of my fam out on that dance floor!!! Good luck everyone, may this be the best season yet! Let’s go season 28!!! 💋 #dwts

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THE END OF AN ERA

While Burgess had been a part of “DWTS” for almost 9 years, Chifvintsev had been on the show for 10 years. Both the dancers were immensely loved by the fans who were upset after the news of their departure broke out. 

Thousands of fans took to the comment section of the dancers’ Instagram posts to express their grief upon their departure. 

Fan's comment on Artem Chifvintsev's post. | Source: Instagram/theartemc

Fan's comment on Artem Chifvintsev's post. | Source: Instagram/theartemc

Fan's comment on Artem Chifvintsev's post. | Source: Instagram/theartemc

Fan's comment on Artem Chifvintsev's post. | Source: Instagram/theartemc

Fan's comment on Sharna Burges' post. | Source: Instagram/shanaburgess

Fan's comment on Sharna Burges' post. | Source: Instagram/shanaburgess

It is pretty evident that fans will dearly miss Burgess and Chifvintsev in “DWTS.”

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