Tyra Banks Named New Host and Executive Producer of 'Dancing With the Stars'


Tyra Banks is hitting the ballroom.

On Tuesday, one day after it was revealed that Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are parting ways with "Dancing With the Stars," ABC announced in a statement that Banks is taking over hosting duties and would serve as executive producer as well, reports People.

“I’ve been a fan of DWTS since its beginning,” the supermodel and TV star said in a statement. “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.”

Banks will come on to host the 29th season of the series, which is based on the BBC dance contest "Strictly Come Dancing."

Banks previously hosted "America's Got Talent" and "America's Next Top Model."

“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,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “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.”

On Monday, ABC announced that Bergerson and Andrews would no longer host the series, saying in a statement that the show is moving to "embark on a new creative direction," and that Bergerson“departs the show with our sincerest thanks and gratitude for his trademark wit and charm that helped make this show a success.”

Bergeron, who's been with the show since 2005, made a statement about his departure on Twitter.

"Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me," he wrote. "It's been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career. 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?"

As for Andrews, who's been with the show as a co-host since 2014, ABC said "Her signature sense of humor has become a hallmark of the show,” the statement read.

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