UPDATE! 10:23 P.M. EST: There is NO bad blood between Tyra and Rita, as Miz Ora will use this opportunity to focus on her music career!
Tyra Banks made major headlines when she stepped down as host of America's Next Top Model.
But apparently being a producer on the show wasn't enough — she's now stepping back onto the catwalk as host!
Um, sorry, Rita Ora. It was fun while it lasted.
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Exec producer Ken Mok explained the changeup — along with a kind goodbye for Rita, who replaced Tyra for the inaugural VH1 season of the longrunning show:
"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. 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."
No statement from Rita tho. Hmm…
No word yet on whether Ashley Graham, Drew Elliot, or Law Roach will be back, but it doesn't look good. The press release did say additional panelists would be announced "at a later date."
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Tyra herself said in a statement to fans:
"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."
Or in short…
Are YOU smizing at Tyra's return??
[Image via VH1.]
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