America’s Next Top Model fans are about to get a little bit of the old show in the VH1 reboot. VH1 has announced that the revival of the series will continue for another season. There is a special bit of exciting news for the upcoming cycle 24 though. Tyra Banks will be back as host replacing current host Rita Ora.
Tyra, who was recently announced as Nick Cannon’s replacement on America’s Got Talent, will take back hosting duties on the modeling show and continue to serve as executive producer. Tyra’s fellow executive producer, Ken Mok, said in the press release, “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.”
With Tyra’s full-time return Rita Ora is not only out as host but a panelist. It is unclear if America’s Next Top Model cycle 24 will wipe the slate completely clean when comes to the panel of judges or if Tyra is the only significant replacement. The full panel is set to be revealed at a “later date.”
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In her own statement, Tyra said it was the fans’ support that made her decide to return. “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,” she said. “After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA.”
Production for ANTM cycle 24 will begin this summer with a premiere date to follow later but it will probably be around the same winter and fall time frame that cycle 23 launched on VH1.
What do you think of Tyra replacing Rita? Is this the right call? Should the entire panel for the original series be brought back? Did Rita and her panel bring some exciting to the show or did you miss Tyra?
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