Tyra Banks is twirling into the ballroom — not actually dancing, but hosting the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” Variety has confirmed.
Banks’ new gig comes after news broke on Monday that longtime host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews would be departing the show. Banks is set to be officially announced as the new host of the show Wednesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
News of Bergeron and Andrews’ exit came suddenly on Monday evening. Bergeron has been with the show for 28 seasons, since its inception, and Andrews had been co-hosting with Bergeron since season 18.
Bergeron tweeted that he was informed by ABC he would not be asked back to the show for the 29th season. His tweet indicated that the shakeup came as a surprise. “Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me,” he tweeted. “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?”
Banks is one of the biggest names in reality TV competition history, having created, hosted and executive produced “America’s Next Top Model.” She also served as the host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for two seasons from 2017 to 2018. Banks received two Emmys for her own talk show, “The Tyra Banks Show,” which ran fro 2005 to 2010.
With the addition of Banks, “Dancing With The Stars” is getting a new look for its 29th season. The network has not disclosed how season 29 will be produced, in light of industry-wide shutdowns with the coronavirus pandemic, but as they say on the dance floor, the show must go on.
Banks is repped by UTA.