Fashion mogul Tyra Banks couldn’t stay away from her baby for too long, and has announced that she’s back to host her hit reality show, “America’s Next Top Model!”
After relinquishing hosting duties to Rita Ora last year, the former supermodel is returning to host her “baby,” ANTM.
Tyra created the model talent contest back in 2003 and hosted the reality show until 2016, when it moved from The CW to VH1. While Rita hosted the show, Tyra pursued other endeavors where she acted as a judge on the Arnold Schwarzenegger-hosted “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and also expanded her beauty line, Tyra Beauty.
But on Thursday, the former Victoria’s Secret supermodel confirmed her return, tweeting: “I missed my ANTM baby so Mama’s back!” Tyra also made sure to thank Rita for her services….
Season 24 of ANTM is slated to begin production this summer.
Tyra released a statement, where she further explained her reasoning for returning as host.
“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,” she explained.
So it appears the fans of the show weren’t feeling singer Rita as host of the well-known modeling competition…..
Sources close to Rita say though she enjoyed her time on ANTM, the singer wanted to put more priority on the new music she is working on.
“Rita loved her time on ANTM and Tyra was a big supporter but music is Rita’s first love and she wanted to concentrate on getting this new record out,’ the insider explained. ‘The last few years has seen Rita’s time taken up by TV, film and fashion but this year her focus is on following up her No 1 debut album.”
News of Tyra returning to ANTM comes just a few days after the producers of America’s Got Talent made the surprising announcement that Tyra would be the new host chosen to replace the original host, Nick Cannon, who recently departed the show after eight seasons.
Ms. Banks is going to be super busy this year, but all for good reason.