Tyra Banks Joins “Dancing with the Stars” as Host and EP

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Banks will not only be the new host, but an executive producer, according to an ABC press release obtained by CNN.

“I’ve been a fan of ‘DWTS’ since its inception … Pleasure mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities go beyond their comfort zones, sizzling dance performances … it always transported me to my shooting days 10 notches on the podium, “said Banks in the statement.

“Tom has set up a powerful stage, and I am delighted to continue the legacy and bring my executive producer and hat hosting. ”

Longtime host Tom Bergeron announced Monday that he would not return to the dance competition after 15 years in his role.

Co-host Erin Andrews won’t be back either.The decision comes as ABC and BBC Productions, which produce the series, say they are headed for “a new creative direction.”

Bergeron had been hosting “Dancing with the Stars” since the show started in 2005. Andrews has been hosting since 2014.

Banks began his modeling career as a teenager and landed covers from almost all fashion magazines. In 1993, she signed a contract with CoverGirl and became a secret angel from Victoria. She tried to play with “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and eventually started her own production company, which then produced her hit series, “America’s Next Top Model”.

CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez and Chloé Melas contributed to this report.

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