Tyra Banks Takes Over as the Host of ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Supermodel Tyra Banks will be the new host of the reality TV series “Dancing with the Stars,” when the show returns for Season 29, possibly in fall 2020.
Banks, who will take up the hosting hat from Tom Bergeron, is also joining the “DWTS” crew as an executive producer.
“I’ve been a fan of ‘DWTS’ since its beginning,” Banks said in a statement. “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. Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”
The announcement comes just days after the news of Bergeron and co-host Erin Andrews leaving the series. Bergeron has hosted the show since its debut in the year 2005, while Andrews has been accompanying him since 2014. Both of them bid farewell to “DWTS” on their official Twitter pages.
“It’s been an incredible 15-year run and the most unexpected gift of my career,” Bergeron tweeted. “I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made.”
“I will always cherish my days on that set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels,” Andrews tweeted.
Earlier this month, ABC Studios announced plans to bring about a “creative refresh” for the ballroom competition, when it’s back for Season 29. However, with the current COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols, it’s not yet clear how the show would resume productions, as the close-proximity choreographed dance routines, will not go well with the social distancing protocol.
As for Banks, she has previously hosted her signature modeling competition series “America’s Next Top Model,” as well as “America’s Got Talent” and a daytime talk show, “The Tyra Banks Show.”
The cast of “DWTS” Season 29 is yet to be announced and it is not yet clear if Banks will have a co-host.