Tyra Banks Leaves Dancing With the Stars to Focus on Business & Entrepreneurial Ventures
On Thursday, March 16th, Tyra Banks announced that she is leaving Dancing With the Stars after three seasons as host. She stated that this is to focus on her business and entrepreneurship. Banks first joined the show in 2020, Season 29, replacing longtime host Tom Bergeron. She held the position of executive producer as well. Banks was joined by “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribiero to host the show in fall 2020.
Since the early 2000s, Banks has honed her hosting skills. She was a co-host of America's Got Talent on the show's 12th season, the host of The Tyra Banks Show and was the creator of America's Next Top Model. She said in a statement at the time of joining the show, “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.”
Speaking with People Magazine, Banks said, “Dancing with the Stars is one of the biggest shows on TV, with a huge audience, and I really respect that.”
Although no official statement has been made, it is anticipated that Disney+ will renew the show “Dancing With The Stars” for another season. In the last year, the show has experienced various transformations; Judge Len Goodman declared his departure from the series, and pros Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas also declared their retirement from their Danskins roles.
The presenter shared that she has been putting her energy into her ice cream venture, SMiZE & Dream, which was established in 2021. She told TMZ, “I’m really focused on business, like crazy focused.”
It is anticipated that the 32nd season of DWTS will be broadcast on Disney+ later in the year. Mark Ballas, Len Goodman, and Cheryl Burke will no longer appear. Banks’ departure from the show marks the end of an era for the competition series, which has been around since 2005.
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