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Tyra Banks CONFIRMS Rita Ora Is The New Host Of America's Next Top Model — More Casting Deets HERE!

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What an exciting time for Rita Ora!

On Thursday, Tyra Banks revealed that Rita will be the next host of America's Next Top Model. The beauty made the announcement via USA Today following months of rumors that the singer would take her place.

Related: Tyra Picks Side On The Supermodel Debate!

Speaking on the new direction of the show Ora is set to materialize, Banks explained:

"It's no longer just about having the highest cheekbones and best pout and the best hair. My goal is to really get into these girls' heads that I'm not looking for some successful model and I'm not looking for some social-media star. I'm looking for both. I'm looking for a hybrid, because that's where the world is."

Hmm… this sounds like the franchise is looking for a Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid type. Should be interesting!

As for R.O., she believes she's more than capable of embodying the new spirit of the show:

"The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it's music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes."

Well, you can't deny the 25-year-old IS a triple threat. We can see this one working out!

As for where they are in shooting the season, Ora confessed:

"I actually just finished my first elimination. I can't go into detail, but it was definitely an emotional one."

Ohhh, drama already! Nice.

But wait, that's not all! Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliott, stylist Law Roach and model Ashley Graham will also join the judge's panel this season.

So, what do YOU think of Tyra's picks?

[Image via Instagram.]

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The Voice Meets Shark Tank?? Tyra Banks Is Coming Back With A Brand New Reality Competition Show!

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We were rooting for you, we were all rooting for you… and it paid off!

Tyra Banks shocked the world when she quit both America's Next Top Model and FABLife to focus on her other business ventures, but now we officially know what she's been up to for the past year.

That's because in addition to getting cast as a mentor on Arnold Schwarzenegger's Celebrity Apprentice, NBC just put in a series order for a brand new reality show starring Mizz Tyra herself!

Related: Chrissy Teigen BANNED Tyra Banks From Her Baby Shower!

The super model will be joined by skateboard businessman (and Ridiculousness host) Rob Dyrdek and marketing specialist Rohan Oza on Funded, an entrepreneurial competition series that's being billed as a cross between The Voice and Shark Tank.

Tyra confirmed the good news in a statement on Wednesday, saying:

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Watch Billy Eichner Ask Nyle DiMarco Out On A Date — Who's Jealous??

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This wouldn't be a difficult question for us to answer!

If you're not completely obsessed with deaf model/all-around hottie Nyle DiMarco by now… then we don't know what's wrong with you.

Not only is the dreamboat a TWO TIME reality show winner — America's Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars – but the 27-year-old has also been an advocate for sexual fluidity!

Related: Billy Eichner's Twitter War With Ross Mathews Is Gay Gold!

Seeing as he falls somewhere on the queer spectrum, Nyle made sure to get some LGBT work in following his DWTS championship, and he ended up in the arms of none other than Billy Eichner!

No… this isn't some Billy on the Street sketch, Nyle actually plays a one-off love interest for Billy on Season Two of Difficult People on Hulu, which just dropped on Monday!

In the scene, Billy works up the courage to ask Nyle's character Doug out on a date… but doesn't quite realize that Doug is deaf — It's a good thing John Early is there to serve as Doug's awkward interpreter, though! LOLz!

Ch-ch-check out Billy and Nyle's adorable Difficult People meet cute (below)!!!

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Is Rita Ora Replacing Tyra Banks As Host Of The New America's Next Top Model?!

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Earlier this year, Rita Ora announced she would be quitting the judging panel of X Factor so she could focus on her music career.

But it looks like the songstress is focusing on her TV hosting career instead, because she reportedly signed up to be the next host of America's Next Top Model!

Tyra Banks' model competition show was cancelled by The CW earlier this year, only to be resurrected by VH1 — with the promise of a complete makeover!

Photo: Rita Rocks Emergency Room Bed After Being Admitted For Exhaustion!

Banks announced that though she is staying on as an executive producer, she would be passing the torch as host for the revamped 14-episode order.

And according to The Sun, Ora already struck a deal to be the new host! A source said:

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Ariana Grande Is So Into Former ANTM Star Don Benjamin In Her SeXXXy New Music Video For Into You!

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Ariana Grande is showing off her seXXXy side!

At midnight on Tuesday, the pint-sized pop princess dropped the music video for her new song Into You, and it is HOT!

The visual creation for Dangerous Woman's second single shows the vocal vixen getting awfully close with America's Next Top Model alum Don Benjamin, and these two are really turning up the heat!

Related: Dangerous Woman Is Already Number One On iTunes In 67 Countries!

Seriously, Miz Grande is really embracing that "a little less conversation and a little more touch my body" lyric! LOL!

Plus, the pink lighting really sets the mood in the Hannah Lux Davis-directed vid!

Watch Ari & Don get really Into each other in the music video (above)!

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Tara Reid, ANTM's Lisa D'Amato, & A Bachelor Couple Join Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars! See The First Promo!

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They sure do manage to get a big name at least once per season!

Tara Reid may be known for her partying days more than she is for her semi-steady career as an actress, but what she's really remembered for is her 2005 TV show Taradise

At least, that's what Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars must be thinking since they just announced the 40-year-old and her boyfriend Dean May will be part of the cast this year!

Video: Mama June Calls Papa Bear Bisexual On Marriage Boot Camp!

While we wouldn't quite call Tara a reality star — she was eliminated third on Celebrity Big Brother 8 — we're more than happy to welcome her into the world because she's practically guaranteed to be good TV!

Tara and Dean will be joined by America's Next Top Model's Lisa D'Amato and her husband Adam Friedman, Bachelor in Paradise's Michelle Money and Cody Sattler, Toya Family Affair's Toya Wright and Memphtiz, and Basketball Wives LA's Brittish Williams and Lorenzo Gordon.

This is going to be an absolute trainwreck… and we CANNOT wait!

Ch-ch-check out a sneak peek of MBC:RS5 ahead of its premiere this June on WEtv (below)!!!

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Former ANTM Judge Nigel Barker Reveals He Was Sexually Assaulted As A Child

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Sad.

Fashion photographer Nigel Barker courageously revealed on Tuesday that he was sexually assaulted as child.

The former ANTM judge opened up about his life-altering experience on his SiriusXM show Gentlemen's Code in order to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The 43-year-old personality recalled being just eight years old when he was approached by a man in his 40s while walking home from school. After helping the stranger with directions, the man claimed he couldn't read so Barker agreed to help.

Related: Nigel Talks About Being Sacked By Tyra Banks

He shared:

"I went up to the door and read the names on the buzzers … I went to push it, and he pushed me from behind, jolted me through the doors and I fell to my feet inside the door. The door closed and I'm not trapped between a stairwell inside and a shut door. I have a man who is much bigger than me, push me to the ground, grab me, pull my trousers and my pants down. I'm now exposed and I'm screaming and thrashing."

Thankfully, the now-father-of-two was able to escape:

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