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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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Oprah Winfrey was the once reigning queen of the daytime talk show, and that mantled was then passed on to Ellen DeGeneres, although their shows were at times, very different.

With the announcement by DeGeneres that she is ending her talk show after its 19th season which will run from fall 2021-into spring 2022, who else should be her first guest but the mighty Oprah who knows a thing or two about ending an enduring talk show.   Winfrey appeared virtually and praised Ellen for knowing it was time to call it quits and reflected on the ending of the Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2011.

Oprah expressed: “It’s almost 10 years ago …will be next week.  10 years ago when I was in this exact position. I know what those feelings are. I also know the feelings leading up to it. So hearing you say, and announcing to the world that it was your instinct, and that you thought long and hard about it … because anybody would know that for something that is as powerful as the show is in other people’s lives, that you would not take that lightly. And that coming to the realization that, ‘Now it is time,’ is a process.”

Ellen shared that her decision was about wanting to have, and do, and fulfill other creative outlets for herself.  When Oprah asked Ellen how she was feeling since she made the announcement and uttered the words, ‘the show is ending after its 19th season.’ Ellen responded:  “I didn’t rehearse the monologue. I knew what I was going to say, but the words hadn’t come out of my mouth. So I was okay until I started talking and it became real. Obviously, I got emotional because it’s real now. But I’m feeling good.  I feel like it’s the right thing to do, but I’m charged. It’s a weird thing to announce that I’m stopping.”   Winfrey then said, “I’m proud of you for trusting your instinct because I know that there has to be — as there was in the case for me — a lot of people around you that want to keep that train moving, who want to keep going.”

Winfrey said it was important that Ellen gave her staffers a one-year heads up, since so many of the people who work on the show built their financial and emotional and professional lives around it – and by giving everyone a year, it helps those that have worked on the show time to process and to figure out their next chapter, as well.

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This morning on The Today Show, Savannah Guthrie’s sit-down interview with Ellen DeGeneres aired in what was her first TV interview since announcing on her talk show on Wednesday, that she was ending her show following its upcoming 19th season.

All of this comes on the heels of last summer’s nightmare of publicity for her and the show, when allegations emerged that Ellen and her staffers fostered a toxic workplace environment, which saw key executives ousted, and reports that Ellen was not nice, which had already been noted throughout Hollywood, previously.

In addressing whether the situation ultimately brought her clarity to end the series, DeGeneres told Guthrie, it wasn’t the reason, but when Guthrie asked if Ellen felt if she felt ‘canceled’ amidst society’s ‘cancel culture’, Ellen expressed:  “I really didn’t understand it, I still don’t understand it.  Yeah, I thought I thought something was going on like that, because it was too orchestrated, it was too coordinated. And, you know, people get picked on, but for four months straight for me, and then for me to read in the press about a toxic work environment, when, when all I’ve ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy atmosphere this is, and how, what a happy place it is.”

Ellen also informed Guthrie it was emotional for her to tell her staff the show would be coming to a close after next season: “I’m glad that before it leaked, I got to tell my staff and my crew, from my own words – that they didn’t hear it anyplace else. Because I haven’t been sleeping. I’ve been trying to anticipate how to tell them and, you know, hope that everybody would take it okay. A lot of people were very emotional. I got emotional.”

On today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres show look for Oprah Winfrey to be the special guest, which is sure to have the famous talk show hosts discussing Ellen’s exit from daytime.

Watch a portion of Ellen’s interview from this morning on the Today Show below.

What do you think of how Ellen is sharing that she feels the attacks we too orchestrated against her last summer? Do you agree, or not agree? Let us know in the comment section.

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Ellen DeGeneres informed her staff yesterday that she has made the decision to end her talk show after its upcoming 19th season.  She will sit down with Oprah Winfrey on the May 13th episode of the The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her decision to step away.

In an exclusive interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ellen shared: “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

The show’s end comes on the heels of all of the turmoil last summer when several former and current employees accused Ellen of fostering a toxic work environment.  As well, several key producers were let-go as a result.

 

When speaking with THR, DeGeneres said of last summer’s revelations and accusations against her: “It was four solid months. And you have to understand, in that time, someone got into our house and robbed us and I lost four animals — three cats and a dog died. It was a tsunami. When it started, with that stupid ‘someone couldn’t look me in the eye’ or whatever the first thing was, it’s like a crest of a wave. Like, ‘This isn’t going to be that big of a wave.’ And then it just keeps getting bigger and bigger until it was out of control. And I really, honestly, felt like, ‘I don’t deserve this. I don’t need this. I know who I am. I’m a good person.’  And I was sitting back going, ‘If I was someone watching this, I would think, ‘Well, there must be some truth to it because it’s not stopping.’ Of course they’re going to believe this because I’m not addressing it because I was told not to and you can imagine what that felt like. And it’s a lot to live up to. I started saying “be kind to one another” because I really believe people should be kind to one another and so it was easy clickbait to say, ‘Oh, the be kind lady isn’t so kind.’ … I am kind, I’m also a woman and I’m a boss.”

Earlier this morning, The Daily Mall UK reported that Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Brothers, were expected to make an announcement that she will end her talk show after the 2021-2022 season.  According to their sources, DeGeneres told her team she “has had enough and told her team that she’s done.”

It should be noted that the The Ellen DeGeneres Show has seen a steady decline in the ratings as well.  The ratings for total households from February 2020 to February 2021 were down 40% in New York City and Chicago; and in Los Angeles it lost 59%.

Ellen’s talk show has produced over 3,000 episodes.

So, what do you think of Ellen deciding to conclude her talk show? Comment below.

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