Fans of "Dancing With the Stars" were sent into a frenzy this week after the newest pairings of stars and dancers were announced, but that lineup didn't include mainstay Mark Ballas.

As fans deluged his social media wondering why he wasn't involved -- he's competed in every season since 2007's season 5 -- Mark took to social media to explain everything in a handwritten note.


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"I wanted to hand write this letter to personally thank each and every one of you for the support over the years. I am incredibly moved and grateful for all of your messages over the past 24 hours," he said. "I know many of you are concerned and curious. I want to wish my 'DWTS' comrades luck this season. I'll miss competing and creating outside the box."

The dance pro then used the opportunity to tease an upcoming project.

"However, I am looking forward to this new chapter and venture that is beginning shortly. I will soon have news for you all where to find me. I hope to see many of you there."

He then added, "I love you all so much and couldn't be more grateful for your loyalty and support. You mean the world to me."

He captioned his photo, "From me to you," all in capital letters. A previous photo showed him penning the letter.


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Last season (season 22), Mark placed second with UFC fighter and model Paige VanZant on the ABC show.

There is certainly a possibility that we could see him again on the show. "Dancing With the Stars" has shown that it is willing to bring back pros after they've taken a hiatus. In season 23, for instance, Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will make their returns after taking a break.

Maksim, who is expecting a baby boy with fellow 'DWTS' pro Peta Murgatroyd, told Us Weekly of his return, "I decided to return to 'Dancing With the Stars' because I had an amazing time dancing with my brother this summer during our tour. It felt great. Getting back into shape allowed me to entertain this idea."