Erin Andrews "excited" to co-host "Dancing with the Stars"

Erin Andrews attends the Super Bowl XLVIII Party Hosted By Shape And Men's Fitness at Cipriani 42nd Street on Jan. 31, 2014, in New York. Mireya Acierto/Getty Images

The reports were true -- Erin Andrews has confirmed she's the new co-host of “Dancing with the Stars,” replacing the recently-ousted Brooke Burke Charvet.

It'll be a homecoming of sorts for the sports reporter, who competed on season 10 with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

"'Dancing' has always been a family. I call it the 'Dancing with the Stars' mafia. Once you're in that mafia, you're always in. It's always so much of your life. I'm just excited to be coming home,” she told People on Monday.

"I feel great," she added. "I was texting with Maksim, my old partner. He was saying, 'Wow, it's coming full circle for you.'"

She also acknowledged she'll have "huge shoes to fill" in taking Burke-Charvet’s place.

"I'm a fan of Brooke. She was very wonderful toward me in my season," Andrews said. "She was so caring and so fantastic. I can only hope I can emulate somebody like that and use her for guidance."

The new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" will be announced on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 4, ahead of the show’s return on March 17.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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