Following the sudden departures of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, Tyra Banks has been named the new host of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” “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,” said Banks. “Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.”
“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 multihyphenate 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.”
Banks, of course, is known for her long tenure as creator and host of “America’s Next Top Model” and, more recently, host of “America’s Got Talent.” While “Dancing With the Stars” is on ABC’s fall line-up, there is no confirmation that there will be an officially fall TV season due to COVID-19.
ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. Andrew Llinares and Tyra Banks are executive producers.