Tyra Banks seems to be ready to claim the title of America’s top host as she has been named to host not one, but two, talent shows.
First, America’s Got Talent has named Tyra Banks as its new host.
Banks replaces Nick Cannon, who announced his resignation from the show in a Facebook post.
He said that he was quitting after he was threatened with termination by the network for making racial jokes about the show on a cable special. “I was to be punished for a joke … My soul won’t allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices,” Cannon wrote.
AGT veteran judge Howie Mandel made the announcement via social media.
— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) March 12, 2017
Mandel even teased his new show host by suggesting that she teach him how to smize (smile with your eyes), something she often did as host of America’s Next Top Model.
AGT begins production on Season 12 soon. Cannon was host since 2009.
And now, just days after NBC announced that Tyra would replace Cannon as the host of AGT, VH1 revealed that she will also return to her former perch, replacing Rita Ora as the host of America’s Next Top Model for its upcoming 24th cycle.
“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,” executive producer Ken Mok says 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.”
Banks hosted the first 22 cycles of Top Model, which aired on UPN from 2003 to 2006, then on The CW from 2006 to 2015. Ora was named the new host when the show was picked up for additional seasons on VH1 in 2016. New panelists will be announced at a later date.
Shortly after news of Banks’ return broke, she tweeted the following message to Ora: