‘Dancing with the Stars’: host Tyra Banks in, Tom Bergeron out


“Dancing with the Stars” is the next top host: Tyra Banks.

ABC’s long-running ballroom series will undergo a drastic change – and undoubtedly “smiley” is found in the game – as Bank takes over for Tom Bergeran. Bergeron, who has hosted the show for 28 seasons since US debut in 2005, carried on the celebrity contest series with sports commentator Erin Andrews until the two announced their departure on Twitter on Tuesday.

A previously hosted and executive supermodel-entrepreneur, Banks produced her signature modeling competition series “America’s Next Top Model”. She also hosts “America’s Got Talent” and a daytime talk show, “The Tyra Banks Show” and serves as a guest host on ABC’s “The View”. She will also serve as an executive producer on “DWTS”.

Banks said in a statement, “I have been a fan of ‘DWTS’ since the beginning. “Fun mixed with raw emotion, celebrities pushing past their comfort zones, stunning dance performances… It always takes me back to my days of turning 10 notches on the catwalk.

“Tom has set a powerful platform, and I am excited to continue the legacy and keep my executive producers and hosting haats on.”

As banks announced, ABC and BBC Studios have planned a “creative refresh” for the glitterly ballroom competition, which has already fallen far short of the late Augets’ two-night run.

It is unclear whether the show, which requires near-choreographed dance routines, will operate during the COVID-19 epidemic. The cast of season 29 has not been announced yet and Banks has nothing to do with being a cohost.

Former contestants, Bergerone and Andrews bid farewell to the feather-filled dance show on Tuesday.

“It’s been an incredible 15-year run and the most unexpected gift of my career,” Bergeron tweeted. “I am grateful for this and a lifelong friendship.”

Andrews wrote after joining as host in 2014, “I will always cherish my days on that set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in the heel.”

Bergeron, who also hosts ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Video”, was best known for his dad-jokes and on-the-nose banker with Andrews and the judges. He made headlines last year when he criticized ABC for casting former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

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 to everyone that he and Erin made ‘Dancing’ a success Has done, “ABC Entertainment president Kari Burke.