'DWTS' Star Chelsie Hightower I'm Off the Show ... NOT BY CHOICE

2/24/2013 8:39 AM PST

'Dancing With the Stars' Chelsie Hightower -- I'm Off the Show and NOT BY CHOICE


She's been a regular on the show since 2009, but "Dancing With the Stars" pro Chelsie Hightower is no longer welcome in the ballroom -- at least for now -- telling TMZ she has been AXED from the show's upcoming season.

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.

But 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.

Check it out. It's pretty awkward.