Welcome to the ballroom Tyra Banks! The former ‘ANTM’ and ‘AGT’ host has a new gig, taking over the ‘DWTS’ hosting position after Tom Bergeron was dropped from his duties.
Tyra Banks just added another amazing hosting job to her long resume. The 46-year-old has been announced as the new Dancing with the Stars host for season 29. Tyra will be replacing the show’s OG host Tom Bergeron, 65, who presided over the ballroom for 15 years and 28 seasons. He announced on July 13 that he wasn’t asked back to the show, and ABC later revealed that his co-host of six years, Erin Andrews, was out as well.
Tyra excitedly said in a statement obtained by HollywoodLife.com, “I’ve been a fan of ‘DWTS’ since its beginning…The fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances…it’s always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk.” Tyra will also serve as the show’s executive producer in addition to her hosting duties. She gave a nod to her predecessor, saying, “Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”
Tyra Banks brings the glam during her ‘America’s Got Talent’ host gig. Photo credit: NBC.
Tom delivered the surprising news that he’d been let go via a July 13 tweet. The amiable host announced, “Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?”
The news caught fans, viewers and the show’s pro dancers by total surprise, and Erin confirmed her exit the following day in a July 14 in an Instagram message. Along with several photos from her time co-hosting the show, the 42-year-old former contestant added a slide that read, “Thank you ABC and the entire Dancing with the Stars family for 6 memorable seasons. Those years wouldn’t have been as special without my loving host, Tom Bergeron, the talented dancers, and witty judges. I will always cherish my days on that set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels.”
Tyra has plenty of time working on competition shows under her belt. The onetime Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model was the creator, executive producer and head judge of the iconic WB/CW series America’s Next Top Model. She most recently took over hosting America’s Got Talent ‘s 12th season after Nick Cannon‘s departure. Tyra also had her own syndicated daytime talk show, TheTyra Banks Show, that aired from 2005 – 2010.
Tyra Banks looking fierce on a red carpet. Photo credit: Lio » Read More