Tyra Banks Will Return as Host of ‘America’s Next Top Model’
Tyra Banks is back on top!
Just a few days after locking in her new gig as the host of America’s Got Talent, the TV personality and producer announced another gig. She will reprise her hosting duties on the new VH1 iteration of America’s Next Top Model.
In an official statement, Tyra Banks said:
“I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the intensity of the ANTM fan base whose deep affection for the show led me to have a change of heart. After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA.”
Banks, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, replaces Rita Ora who hosted the show’s first season on VH1. The cable network had scooped up the show when Banks announced its end after 12 years and 22 seasons.
In a tweet, she thanked Rita Ora:
Mizz @ritaora, you exemplify Business Boss Brand to the fullest! Thank you for all the amazingness you brought to ANTM ?
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 16, 2017
“Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise and her absence was deeply felt by our fiercely loyal fans who missed their Queen of the Smize,” said executive producer Ken Mok. “We’d like to thank Rita Ora for being a great partner and total pro. She infused this new iteration of ANTM with passion and creativity and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
Additional panelists to be announced at a later date.
We are glad to see you back where you belong Momma!