When America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) was revived by VH1 there was one person in particular who was absent from the front of the cameras, Tyra Banks. The long time host, judge and all-around queen of the series had decided to step away from the series in order to focus on other aspects of her career, at the same time, the model turned entrepreneur was still associated with ANTM as an executive producer.
According to E! News, it looks like Tyra Banks has missed being a more hands on part of ANTM and has decided to return to her hosting duties in time for the 24th cycle of her series. This means that she will certainly have her hands full as she was also recently announced to be taking over the hosting duties for America’s Got Talent following the departure of former host Nick Cannon.
With Tyra Banks heading back to host and judge ANTM, this means that Rita Ora who took over for her for one season will be stepping back and focusing on her own music and movie career. While Ora was certainly a fresh and dynamic addition to the reality show, in a Tweet from Banks she made it clear that the reality is she missed her “baby” and was ready to get back to the long running series.
In a statement from Tyra Banks about her decision to return to ANTM, she said that she has been both humbled and overwhelmed by just how intense the fan base is and just how much they love the series. In fact, it is the fans’ deep affection for the show that has led to her changing her mind about remaining behind the camera. Specifically, Banks said that, “After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA.”
Since its inception, Tyra Banks has been seen as both the heart and the soul of America’s Next Top Model. Although Rita Ora helped to reboot the series on its new home on VH1 with a fresh and invigorating infusion of passion and creativity, moving forward the series will once more be returning to its roots with Banks taking over as host once more. Ken Mok, an executive producer on the series, wished Rita Ora luck moving forward and thanked her for all of her hard work as a partner to the ANTM family. For long time fans, the return of Tyra Banks will be seen this summer on VH1 when the 24th cycle kicks off.
What do you think of Banks returning to ANTM as host? Do you think she has too much on her plate hosting both AGT and ANTM? What do you think of the loss of Rita Ora from the reality show? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
By Dorothea James
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