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'Dancing With the Stars' pro Derek Hough: 'I can't say' if I'll be back

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Derek Hough.

In the video package shown just prior to his final dance with Shawn Johnson in Tuesday night’s "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" finale, Derek Hough said that winning the "All-Star" season would have been a “perfect ending.”

His use of the word “ending” begs the question as to whether or not Hough, the all-time "DWTS" champion with three mirror ball trophies, is coming back next season.

“I can’t say right now,” Hough told TODAY on the post-show press line last night.

He says the question posed to him by a segment producer about doing a final dance for the season caught him off guard.

“I was shocked at how I reacted and was sort of overwhelmed. I could barely speak to be honest. All the memories of the show, the people I’ve met and how amazing this family is (overwhelmed me.) I couldn’t describe the feeling," he said.

If he’s not taking part in next season’s show, what does Hough hope to accomplish?

“There is so much more I want to do,” he said. “It’s just about (finding) the next chapter.”

Departing the show wouldn't be a total departure for Hough: He opted out of competing in season 12. One thing’s for sure, Hough isn’t ready to close any doors just yet.

“I will always want to be a part of the show in some way,” he said, semi-cryptically.

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