The longtime host and creator of America’s Next Top Model franchise, Tyra Banks, has announced that she will be returning to the show after a one-season hiatus. This last year has been a roller coaster for ANTM fans. After the show was canceled by CW, VH1 gave the competition reality show a new home, but Tyra Banks announced that she would not be returning as the smizing, tough-love head judge, but instead would only remain on as an executive producer. British singer Rita Ora confusingly became host, leaving fans wondering what experience the songstress had in the modeling world. The move disheartened and lost the show’s loyal fans who have stuck with the series for 22 cycles.
Tyra Banks to her Twitter to make this announcement. “I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the intensity of the ANTM fan base whose deep affection for the show led me to have a change of heart,” Banks said. “After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA.”
Executive Producer Ken Mok welcomed Banks back: “Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise and her absence was deeply felt by our fiercely loyal fans who missed their Queen of the Smize,” he said in a statement. “We’d like to thank Rita Ora for being a great partner and total pro. She infused this new iteration of ANTM with passion and creativity and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
There also doesn’t appear to be any bad blood between Banks and Ora as the two exchanged pleasantries and congratulations on social media. [USA]
The show has been groundbreaking for the LGBT community. It has featured transgender models and gay men and women as both contestants and judges.
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