Chelsie Hightower, a “Dancing With the Stars” staple has been suddenly fired from this upcoming season! And it looks like the dancer did NOT see it coming!Chelsie Hightower Photo Shoot

Chelsie — who’s been partnered with celebs like Michael Bolton, Romeo, and Jake Pavelka — was at LAX last night when our photog asked her about “DWTS'” upcoming season … assuming she was part of it.

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chightower_tmurray_dwts_021709_abcBut Chelsie dropped a bombshell (accidentally) and told our photog something she wasn’t supposed to … specifically that she’s not coming back this year and it was not her choice.

hightower┬áCheck it out. It’s pretty awkward.