“America’s Next Top Model” star Tyra Banks has been the host of “Dancing with the Stars” for the last few seasons after replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
However, it looks like she is trading in her dancing shoes as she wants to focus on her business.
Tyra Banks Is Leaving The Ballroom
Tyra Banks confirmed with TMZ that she is stepping away from her hosting gig at “Dancing With the Stars” after three seasons.
“I feel it’s really time for me to focus on my business and my entrepreneurship, and also producing more TV — but behind the scenes,” Banks said. “I think it’s time to graduate from the dance floor to the stock market floor. … from the ballroom to the boardroom!”
When asked to clarify if that meant she would no longer host the Disney+ reality competition show, she responded with “Don’t you think it’s time? Yeah, I think it’s time.”
“I’m an entrepreneur at heart. … I think my heart, my soul, is into my business, it’s also into producing new TV. … But, I really, really want to focus on my business, and you can’t do that hosting a show,” she continued.
This news comes just months after The Sun reported that “Dancing With the Stars” producers were looking to replace Tyra Banks as host as they felt “[she] has had struggles warming up to the team, contestants and certainly the audience.”
Tyra Banks’ Time With “Dancing With the Stars”
Tyra Banks first joined “Dancing With the Stars” during the 29th season, which took place in 2020. She replaced both Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
“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,” Banks said in a statement at the time. She also became an executive producer on the show.
Over the last few seasons, fans of the reality competition show were not happy with the way Tyra Banks hosted, so when the show announced Alfonso Ribeiro (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) would be joining Banks as co-host, they were relieved. However, Banks still got plenty of air time, and fans were not happy about her continuous mistakes over this past season.
One of the most recent mistakes occurred during the October 3, 2022, episode, when the host gave a shout-out to Charli D’Amelio’s friends who were supporting her and sitting in the audience — including D’Amelio’s boyfriend, musician Landon Barker.
Barker, 19, is the son of Blink-182 drummer and Kourtney Kardashian’s husband, Travis Barker. But, when Banks introduced Barker, she called him “Logan” by mistake. “Charli’s friends Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker, and Logan Barker are here,” Banks said. “I know you guys are very proud right now.”
Fans were quick to comment on Banks’s mistake, taking to social media to call her out. So, during the following week’s episode, Banks addressed the name mistake to D’Amelio after her dance on Disney+ Night — although, she once again, made the mistake.
“I called your boyfriend Landon Barker and his name is Logan,” Banks said during the live show. But then, D’Amelio corrected her, saying that she messed up Barker’s name again. “Okay, I just said it backwards again,” Banks added. “What is wrong with me with this? Why can’t I get this right? They said it in my ear last week, I got it wrong. Now that I’m reading it and I’m getting it wrong.”
At this time, it is unclear who will replace Tyra Banks as host for the next season of “Dancing With the Stars”.