Supermodel Tyra Banks is back in America’s Next Top Model.
Banks is returning to a more familiar stage as she announced on Twitter on Thursday that she is coming back on ANTM. In a statement shared by VH1, Banks said she had given her comeback a lot of thought before she made a decision. The model also cited the overwhelming support of her fans that ultimately changed her mind. She said:
“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. After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA.”
Banks previously hosted America’s Next Top Model for 22 seasons. She stepped behind the camera as an executive producer last season while singer Rita Ora filled her spot as host.
Co-executive producer Ken Mok welcomed Banks’ return and thanked Ora for all her hard work. He said:
“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. 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.”
Meanwhile, the announcement also mentioned that additional panelists will be announced at a later date. This made fans speculate that the status of the show’s judges in the previous season is still unclear.
America’s Next Top Model Star Tyra Banks’ Upcoming Show
Banks’ comeback announcement on ANTM came days after it was confirmed that she will host America’s Got Talent season 12. The model will be replacing Nick Cannon.
The rapper/comedian previously announced that he would not come back as the host of the show. This was after NBC threatened to fire him over a racial joke he made during a stand-up performance.
Banks also served as an adviser in the previous season of The Celebrity Apprentice. It is still unclear if she will be coming back in the next season of the show. Previous season’s host Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier confirmed that he is not coming back next season because of President Donald Trump.
The production for America’s Next Top Model cycle 24 will begin this summer. It is also expected to premiere this summer on VH1.
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