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Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks will be the new host of “Dancing With the Stars,” the ABC reality dance competition revealed Tuesday, one day after announcing it was parting ways with current hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
“I’ve been a fan of ‘DWTS’ since its beginning,” Banks 46, said in a statement released by ABC and production group BBC Studios. “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, who will serve as an executive producer of the show when it starts its 29th season in the fall, paid respect to the beloved veteran Bergeron, who has been with the show for all of its 28 seasons and has earned 11 Emmy nominations, winning one.
“Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy,” said Banks.
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Bergeron tweeted Monday that he had been informed the show would be “continuing without me.”
“It’s been an incredible 15 year run and the most unexpected gift of my career,” Bergeron wrote. “I’m grateful for that and for the lifelong friendships made. That said, now what am I supposed to do with all of these glitter masks?”
Andrews, the one-time contestant who has co-hosted since 2014, also tweeted a farewell Tuesday, saying, “I will always cherish my days on the set, even if I wasn’t the best at walking in heels.”
Show executives honored the passing of the host torch.
“Tom has been an integral part of the ABC family for nearly two decades,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment in the statement. “We are grateful for all he and Erin have done to make ‘Dancing’ a success. As we gear up for the show’s 29th season, we can’t wait to welcome Tyra Banks to our ‘Dancing’ stage.”
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