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Dancing with the Stars: Tyra Banks to be host and exec producer

  • July 15, 2020

Tyra Banks was officially unveiled as the new host of Dancing With the Stars on GMA Wednesday. 

The 46-year-old model turned TV mogul says she’s ‘excited’ to step into the role of both host and executive producer and thrilled to ‘break down’ barriers by becoming the show’s first black female host.

On Tuesday, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Tyra had been tapped to replace longtime DWTS host Tom Bergeron and his co-host Erin Andrews for season 29.

Big news! Tyra Banks was officially unveiled as the new host of Dancing With the Stars on GMA Wednesday and the model says she's 'excited' to step into the role of both host and executive producer and thrilled to 'break down' barriers by becoming the show's first black female host

Big news! Tyra Banks was officially unveiled as the new host of Dancing With the Stars on GMA Wednesday and the model says she’s ‘excited’ to step into the role of both host and executive producer and thrilled to ‘break down’ barriers by becoming the show’s first black female host

‘I am excited about hosting and executive producing,’ Tyra told GMA. ‘Getting in there, live TV — you never know what happens on live TV.’

Banks appeared virtually on the popular morning show and glowed on camera with her honey toned tresses down in soft curls and soft, simple makeup.

On Tuesday, multiple sources from within ABC confirmed to DailyMail.com that the former America’s Next Top Model was in line to replace Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, who were both dropped from the hit show on Monday. 

Tyra ‘s new gig makes her the first black female host on Dancing With the Stars and the first solo host on the show in 28 seasons. 

'I am excited about hosting and executive producing,' Tyra told GMA. 'Getting in there, live TV -- you never know what happens on live TV.'

‘I am excited about hosting and executive producing,’ Tyra told GMA. ‘Getting in there, live TV — you never know what happens on live TV.’

Shuffling talent: On Tuesday, multiple sources from within ABC confirmed to DailyMail.com that the former America's Next Top Model was in line to replace Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, who were both dropped from the hit show on Monday

Shuffling talent: On Tuesday, multiple sources from within ABC confirmed to DailyMail.com that the former America’s Next Top Model was in line to replace Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, who were both dropped from the hit show on Monday

‘I like breaking those doors down, so that we don’t have any more firsts,’ she told GMA. ‘But it’s nice to be first, so that you can open that door and let so many other people in after you — so I’m excited.’ 

Historically, Tyra already has a few major firsts under her belt, like becoming the first black model to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

She’s also a seasoned vet when it comes to hosting, previously starring in her own daytime talk show and creating and hosting the longrunning hit competition show America’s Next Top Model.

On Top Model, Tyra coined the phrase ‘smize’ – a pose where you smile with your eyes – which she joked would be ‘required’ of contestants on DWTS. 

'I like breaking those doors down, so that we don't have any more firsts,' she told GMA of becoming the first black female host. 'But it's nice to be first, so that you can open that door and let so many other people in after you -- so I'm excited.'

‘I like breaking those doors down, so that we don’t have any more firsts,’ she told GMA of becoming the first black female host. ‘But it’s nice to be first, so that you can open that door and let so many other people in after you — so I’m excited.’

‘It’s gonna be required … No, I am joking,’ she said with a laugh. ‘I think there’s something like a whip and smize … we need to see who is going to be able to whip and smize.’

While she couldn’t divulge too many details, Tyra hinted that she and the show’s other executive producer are working together to make some changes on the celebrity dance series. 

‘Let’s just keep this real, it’s gonna be so next level,’ she teased. ‘We’re doing all this crazy stuff, taking it to the next level, but still keeping the stuff America loves.’

Adding: ‘But you need to get ready because it’s gonna be different.’

Changes ahead: While she couldn't divulge too many details, Tyra hinted that she and the show's other executive producer are working together to make some changes on the celebrity dance series

Changes ahead: While she couldn’t divulge too many details, Tyra hinted that she and the show’s other executive producer are working together to make some changes on the celebrity dance series

'Let's just keep this real, it's gonna be so next level,' she teased. 'We're doing all this crazy stuff, taking it to the next level, but still keeping the stuff America loves.'

‘Let’s just keep this real, it’s gonna be so next level,’ she teased. ‘We’re doing all this crazy stuff, taking it to the next level, but still keeping the stuff America loves.’

Viewers shouldn’t expect the model to be getting on the dance floor, however, as Tyra joked that her best move was the ‘auntie shuffle’.

And, despite famously breaking out her best moves for her role in 2000’s Coyote Ugly, Tyra revealed that she actually tore her ‘lateral meniscus’ during filming. It was totally ‘worth it’, she added.

In addition to hosting, Banks will also be given an executive producer title. She is replacing both of the current hosts on the show as part of the network’s recent decision to pivot. 

‘ABC wanted to freshen the show up and take it in a new direction,’ one source told DailyMail.com. ‘Tyra is an experienced TV host who knows how to produce great TV and make TV moments.’

On the floor: Tyra won't be showing off any of her own dance moves on DWTS and revealed that in 2000's Coyote Ugly, Tyra she actually tore her 'lateral meniscus' during filming

On the floor: Tyra won’t be showing off any of her own dance moves on DWTS and revealed that in 2000’s Coyote Ugly, Tyra she actually tore her ‘lateral meniscus’ during filming

Adding: ‘She’s dynamic and fun and will bring a whole new energy to the show.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to ABC for comment.

Bergeron most recently hosted the 28th season of Dancing With The Stars and marked his 15th year with the program.

The Emmy-winning host tweeted that the show would be ‘continuing without’ him on Monday afternoon; ABC later confirmed in a statement that not only was Bergeron out, but his co-host Andrews wouldn’t return as well.

A representative for the television personality said in a statement on Tuesday that the move was the network’s call: ‘ABC opted not to pick up Tom’s option. In the fine tradition of Hollywood cliches, they’re ‘Going in a different direction.” 

Changing direction: In addition to hosting, Banks will also be given an executive producer title. She is replacing both of the current hosts on the show as part of the network's recent decision to pivot

Changing direction: In addition to hosting, Banks will also be given an executive producer title. She is replacing both of the current hosts on the show as part of the network’s recent decision to pivot 

In his tweet, the 65-year-old television personality revealed he had only recently learned of his firing. 

He said: ‘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?’ he joked.

Bergeron didn’t stick around long to say more, though when one fan asked if he was going to ‘finally’ become a contestant now, he replied, ‘Um…no.’ 

He also quote-tweeted the comedian Randy Rainbow after he wrote, ‘I’ll be right over. 

They’re all gone: ABC and BBC Studios confirmed that both Bergeron and his co-host Erin Andrews wouldn’t be returning for the upcoming 29th season in a statement; shown in November

‘On the plus side, Now I’m free for our socially distanced lunch!’ he replied.

Andrews spoke out for the first time Tuesday after it was revealed that she and longtime host Bergeron will not be returning to reality competition series next season. 

The 42-year-old television personality took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a grateful statement along with two photos with the 65-year-old host. She wrote: ‘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 set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels.’ 

'ABC wanted to freshen the show up and take it in a new direction,' one source told DailyMail.com. 'Tyra is an experienced TV host who knows how to produce great TV and make TV moments.'

‘ABC wanted to freshen the show up and take it in a new direction,’ one source told DailyMail.com. ‘Tyra is an experienced TV host who knows how to produce great TV and make TV moments.’ 

Andrews began co-hosting in 2014 for season 18, following Brooke Burke-Charvet’s departure. 

ABC and BBC Studios confirmed that both he and his co-host Erin Andrews wouldn’t be returning for the upcoming 29th season in a statement.

‘Tom Bergeron will forever be part of the Dancing With The Stars family. As we embark on a new creative direction, he departs the show with our sincerest thanks and gratitude for his trademark wit and charm that helped make this show a success.  

‘Erin will also not be returning, and we appreciate all that she brought to the ballroom. Fans have been rooting for her since she originally competed as a contestant back in 2010, and her signature sense of humor has become a hallmark of the show.’ 

Vanguard: The Inglewood, California-born stunner was the first Black woman to be on the covers of the magazines GQ, and the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Vanguard: The Inglewood, California-born stunner was the first Black woman to be on the covers of the magazines GQ, and the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Banks is a veteran of show business for more than three decades, finding success in numerous formats including modeling, acting, hosting and producing.

The Inglewood, California-born stunner was the first Black woman to be on the covers of the magazines GQ, and the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She was also a Victoria’s Secret Angel for eight years and appeared in movies including Higher Learning, Love Basketball and Coyote Ugly.

Tyra found some of her biggest success on TV with the series America’s Next Top Model, which she hosted and produced in a 22-season run from 2003 until 2015.

And, also hosted her own talk show on The CW titled The Tyra Banks Show, which she won’t multiple Daytime Emmy awards for. She also hosted America’s Got Talent during its 12th season in 2017.

Star power: Tyra found some of her biggest success on TV with the series America's Next Top Model, which she hosted and produced in a 22-season run from 2003 until 2015

Star power: Tyra found some of her biggest success on TV with the series America’s Next Top Model, which she hosted and produced in a 22-season run from 2003 until 2015

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