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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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Becky D.
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Becky D.

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.

Diane
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Diane

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

SZima
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SZima

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!

Momo
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Momo

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

Momo
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Momo

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.

Patrick
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Patrick

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

“Thanks” this should be noted

Timmm
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Timmm

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!

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^ THIS ! “…Tom IS the show”

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

oh wait ; the men need to undress

Steve
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Steve

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

TERRI R
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TERRI R

No interested in dwts anymore..bad choice

Patrick
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Patrick

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

the other lis
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the other lis

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.

Patrick
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Patrick

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

Patrick
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Patrick

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

Really

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

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.

Chaz
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Chaz

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.

Satan
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Satan

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!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

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… Read more »

aria
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aria

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… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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.

Pam F.
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Pam F.

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.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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.

Later.

Tereasa
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Tereasa

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

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