Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks will be the new host of “Dancing With the Stars,” the ABC reality dance competition revealed Tuesday, one day after announcing it was parting ways with current hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
“Please join us in welcoming @tyrabanks as #DWTS host,” the show’s official Twitter account announced.
“I’ve been a fan of ‘DWTS’ since its beginning,” Banks 46, said in a statement released by ABC and production group BBC Studios Tuesday. “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.”
Banks will also serve as show executive producer when it starts its 29th season, currently scheduled for this fall. She paid respect to the beloved, departing veteran Bergeron, who has been with “DWTS” for all 28 seasons, earning 11 Emmy nominations, winning one.
“Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy,” said Banks.
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Bergeron tweeted Monday that he had been informed the dance show would be “continuing without me.”
“It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career,” Bergeron wrote. “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?”
Andrews, the one-time contestant who has co-hosted since 2014, tweeted her farewell Tuesday, saying, “I will always cherish my days on the set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels.”
“DWTS” executives cited a “creative new direction” as reasoning for the cha on Monday. On Tuesday, they honored the passing of the host torch.
“Tom has been an integral part of the ABC family for nearly two decades,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment in the statement. “We are grateful for all he and Erin have done to make ‘Dancing’ a success.”
Banks hosted and executive produced “America’s Next Top Model” and “The Tyra Banks Show” and held a two-year stint hosting NBC’s talent competition “America’s Got Talent.” As executive producer Banks will work with “DWTS’ executive producer and showrunner Andrew Llinares to spark a “creative refresh” planned for the 29th season “while honoring the show,” according to the release.