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Tyra Banks Named New Host and Executive Producer of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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On the heels of the departures of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as hosts of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, comes word of just who the new host will be!

That gig is going to none other than former America’s Top Model host. Tyra Banks, who will also serve as the ballroom-dance competition’s executive producer for its upcoming 29th season set to air later this fall.

DWTS is watching very closely the coronavirus pandemic of just how and when they can begin production and how the show will look.

With the pick of Banks to helm the show,  ABC said that the team is planning to refresh the format, while “honoring the show America loves”.  DWTS is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, alongside Andrew Llinares.

In a statement, Tyra Banks expressed: “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. Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”

Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment shared: “Tom has been an integral part of the ABC family for nearly two decades, from hosting AFV to Dancing with the Stars – we are grateful for all he and Erin have done to make Dancing a success.  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 multi-hyphenate 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.”

Valerie Bruce, general manager, LA Productions, BBC Studios, added, “Tyra Banks is an icon whose powerful presence, trademark confidence, and industry-leading achievements inspire us. We are proud to partner with ABC to welcome her as the new host of Dancing with the Stars. This represents a landmark moment in our 28 seasons producing Dancing with the Stars as we take this iconic show in a new creative direction. We offer our sincere thanks to Tom and Erin, whom we will always consider part of the Dancing with the Stars family.”

So, what do you think of Tyra as the new host and EP of Dancing with the Stars?  How will she liven up the format of the show? Comment below.

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Tom Bergeron was the main reason to watch the show, especially since they have so few actual “stars” on it anymore. Who are these contestants? Tyra Banks = ugh! No reason for me to watch now; and one very big reason to not tune in.

Big big mistake, Tom made the show what is is. Won’t be the same at all. A big fail now. I’m sad as it is my favourite show Look forward to watch each week. I may now give it a pass . Will miss Tom & Erin

OMG! Well, I for sure have watched my last DWTS! I don’t understand why they dumped Tom Bergeron . He was excellent at that job…so quick-witted, and came up with the best comments at the drop of the hat.
Tyra? Really??
I’ve always found her to be a bit nauseating!

Big mistake. I guess they’re trying to change things up. I am not going to watch.

Tyra said she’s proud to be the first black host on DWTS. Lisa Canning, I haven’t forgotten about you! Tyra needs a history lesson.

Dancing with the Stars (2005) one season co-host

“Thanks” this should be noted

What did Tom and Erin do to be replaced? I know this, if these two talented TV hosts were black and replaced by two white people, there would be hell to pay! Tom IS the show. BIG mistake!

^^^ THIS ! “…Tom IS the show”

w/his humor… sly : it was easy to overlook the cheese

oh wait ; the men need to undress

This show should’ve been put out to pasture about 3 years ago.

No interested in dwts anymore..bad choice

when did Tyra… Ms. “BANKS” get a sense of humor ? a requirement for this sparkly doowop

turn off

when she sashayed off her America Top Model. we thought isn’t she tired

Victoria Secrets can call

They’d have done better putting out a seniors edition of Dancing With the Stars – No contestants under 50. It was always so unfair to put the older contestants against the young kids. What older contestants give up in athleticism they would make up with creativity and a sense of romance. They could always bring Tom back to host it. Tyra Banks is an interesting choice as the next host. If they wanted a black female host I’d have gone for Vanessa Williams who actually trained as a ballroom dancer. But I wish Tyra and the show the best.

Dancing … will always be a FREE form of self expression.. you had to will yourself get up and do

this stance just took a bite out of

gawd.. high school doowop !!! that open of asking someone to share

@ABC / Disney / DWT STAR ??? the glitter just took a hit

anyway… sorry.. this is not on any one post… how hurt is it to take another shared show and make a dent on thought ??? I enjoyed this with you.. gawd… for crimony sake… i don’t dissect every thing


There’s a two-word answer as to why Tom and Erin were fired: They’re white!
ABC is proving itself racist now. I’m sad to say that I won’t be watching DWTS ever again.

Tom was probably let go because he had Tweeted out that he thought having Sean Spicer on the show was a bad idea. I haven’t really watched the show in ages but from her volatile reputation I don’t see Tyra Banks as a good choice.

There’s been at least one right wing political hack on every season, and Hell knows they weren’t chosen for their dancing abilities.

If Tyra Banks puts an end to that practice, then God bless her.

And believe me, a Devil doesn’t use words like that very often!

Tyra Banks will undoubtedly have zero input into who the contestants are, Satan, just as Tom did, and I doubt any contestant, right-wing, left-wing, no-wing, whatever, is chosen with his or her dancing abilities in mind, or at least as the primary motivation. I suppose in one sense I can’t blame the show’s producers for inviting people like Sean Spicer and Bristol Palin, because they apparently do draw ratings–but the last few seasons it has seemed that that’s about ALL the show was trying to offer viewers, and I’ve lost a lot of interest, because the wing-nutters certainly never were a draw for me.

Tom B.’s departure is the last straw. I might have overlooked it had he departed on his own, but he really was one of the few reasons left to watch. His departure message was classy, and I was pleased to see that he took the high road, although it is better than his bosses deserved.

I’m lol, I only saw season one because it had Kelly Monaco, and it was new in the summer and short and yes Kelly totally deserved to win. I haven’t watch since its to corny with the back stories and just to long and not my thing, so its not a big deal to me, but I’m lol because I can totally see Tyra turning a dance show into a runway modeling show, everything she does she thinks it involves modeling or smizing, so I’ll watch the highlights on shows like gma and E.T, not investing my time, no thank you.

Well at least they didn’t choose Mickey Mouse, which I thought ABCDisney might. I will only check it out if absolutely nothing else was on, but this show Tom or no Tom jumped the shark long time ago.

I won’t be watching DWTS anymore. Even when the celebrities were people I didn’t know or care for, Tom Bergeron made you laugh. What is he going to do now? Does Tyra Banks care? She’s the executive producer she could have said something to help them.

Firing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews from DWTS was bad enough…hiring that ANNOYING DIVA Tyra Banks as both the new host and the new Executive Producer is an EVEN WORSER IDEA!!!!! I see nothing but TOTAL DISASTER written all over this!!!!! Beyond yuck.


Did not like her on AGT.. Who thinks she makes a good host?

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‘The Price is Right’ Decks the Halls with Five Holiday-Themed Primetime Episodes & Pet Rescue & Adoption Week on Daytime

Talk about getting into the holiday spirit! The Price is Right is set to air five brand new holiday-themed episodes airing in December on primetime, plus the daytime version will also have a special week. Host Drew Carey will preside over the game show proceedings!

Daytime’s The Price is Right holiday week (Dec 18-Dec 22) will feature animal trainer, author and host of CBS’ Lucky Dog Reunions, Brandon McMillan, and Robert Valandra, nephew of legendary host Bob Barker, who both bring along some furry friends up for adoption. The week concludes with ‘Price is Right’ model Amber Lancaster, an advocate of animal adoption, and some adorable dogs who need a home for the holidays.

The Price is Right continues to network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT).

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On Primetime, here is the holiday lineup of shows (the week of Dec 4-8):

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY (Monday, December 4, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings coworkers and colleagues together to cheer each other on as they play for prizes that can be shared and enjoyed by all of their office mates.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: BLIND HOLIDATE (Thursday, December 7, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) brings in a matchmaker to pair up an audience full of single, eligible adults, and lucky contestants will meet for the first time when they are called to “Come on down!” and compete together as a team. They play for fabulous cash and prizes, pairs of cars, and maybe they’ll even win a love match!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: COLLEGE STUDENTS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Friday, December 8 at 8:00 PM ET/PT) welcomes college students home adorned in their best school spirit gear, teamed up with their parents to play for exotic trips, amazing prizes, and cash for college!

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAYS WITH THE FAMILY (Monday, December 18, 8:00 PM, ET/PT). Parents and their young children compete for some of the most desired gifts Santa has in his sleigh. Decorated in their holiday best, families work as a team to win prizes to make their holidays oh so bright!

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT: HOLIDAY HEROES (Tuesday, December 19, 8:00 PM, ET/PT) salutes the military to thank America’s brave heroes for keeping us safe all year round. Active-duty military members in uniform compete for luxury items, including trips to remarkable destinations, $50,000 in cash, and cars!

Of note: Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.

Lots of The Price is Right holiday cheer and pet adoptions coming your way. Will you be watching? Comment below. But first, check out a clip from one of the primetime episodes.

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96th Annual Academy Awards to Start an Hour Earlier, While Jimmy Kimmel Shares, “I Always Dreamed of Hosting the Oscars Exactly Four Times”

In a move to keep viewers not up past their bedtimes, the 2024 Oscars telecast will now begin one hour earlier than usual.  According to news from the Academy on Thursday, the ceremonies will begin at 7 pm ET/4PM PT on March 1o, 2024.

That is an hour shift when the broadcast usually begins at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.  The official pre-show will also begin earlier, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The 96th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with nominations being announced on January 23rd.

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A few weeks ago on November 15th, Jimmy Kimmel was officially named the host of the Oscars for the fourth time. The hosting gig marks the second year in a row for Kimmel. The comedian also hosted in 2017 and 2018.

Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney will also one again, co-write and executive produce, the telecast.  In a statement on presiding over movies biggest night of the year, Kimmel joked, “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.”

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ABC also plans on airing a special episode of their hit comedy Abbott Elementary, immediately following what should be a three-and-a-half hour telecast of the Oscars.

So, what do you think about the time shift with the Oscars starting an hour earlier? Happy about it? Won’t be settled in at that early time slot to sit and watch the show? Comment below.

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Marty Krofft Famed Children’s Show Producer of ‘H.R. Pufnstuf,’ ‘Land of the Lost,’ Dead at 86

Marty Kroftt. who along with his brother Sid, produced many memorable children’s shows throughout his career, including H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost has passed away at the age of 86..

A family representative told Variety that Krofft died of kidney failure Saturday November 25th in Los Angeles, California.

Krofft was often known as the “King of Saturday Mornings”, and along with his brother, Sid also produced primetime variety shows including Donny and Marie and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

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At the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awarda, Marty and Sid were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. The Kroffts also produced Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Bugaloos and Lidsville.

The brothers always shared that they came from a line of puppeteers, and Sid, traveled the world as young man performing an elaborate puppet show. The brother’s partnership worked due to Sid was the more on the creative side, while Marty was more on the business side.

Marty said in the book “Pufnstuf & Other Stuff: The Weird and Wonderful World of Sid & Marty Krofft” (1998), written by TV critic, David Martindale, “Sid was always ‘the artist’. He never did have a business sense. So I came in and filled that vacuum.”

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Krofft’s wife, the former Playboy playmate Christa Speck passed away in 2013. He lived in Los Angeles and is survived by his brothers Sid and Harry; his daughters Deanna Krofft-Pope, Kristina Krofft and Kendra Krofft; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Share your condolences for Marty Krofft via the comment section. But,  first check out our interview with him along with is brother Sid, before they received their Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 45th annual ceremonies below.

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