Out with the old and in with the new. A day after ABC announced that Dancing With The Stars would be moving on from hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the network has announced Supermodel Tyra Banks as their replacement.
“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,” said Banks. “Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”
In addition to being the solo host of the show, a first in the show’s 28 seasons, Banks will bring her business expertise as executive producer alongside current executive producer Andrew Llinares.
On Tuesday, July 14, it was announced that Tom Bergeron would be replaced after hosting DWTS for 15 years, since the show began. His co-host Erin Andrews, who joined in 2014, was also asked to leave.
“Tom has been an integral part of the ABC family for nearly two decades, from hosting ‘AFV’ to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ ‚Äì we are grateful for all he and Erin have done to make ‘Dancing’ a success,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “As we gear up for the show’s 29th season, we can’t wait to welcome Tyra Banks to our ‘Dancing’ stage. Tyra is an award-winning multihyphenate whose fierce female prowess and influence across many industries have made an indelible mark. Her fresh take on America’s favorite dancing competition will surely bring more than a ‘Smize’ to fans everywhere.”
This new gig makes Tyra the first female and African American host of the show as well as the first solo host. It’s another step in a long line of firsts for the former supermodel, who is knows as the first African American model featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition in 1996,
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The new season of Dancing With The Stars, of which Tyra says there are big changes coming, is set to air on ABC this fall.