Tyra Banks returning to America’s Next Top Model for hosting duties ousted cycle 23 host Rita Ora. Cycle 24 won’t be a complete clean sweep of the first VH1 season however. People.com is reporting that supermodel and cycle 23 judge Ashley Graham will return to America’s Next Top Model for cycle 24.

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Though Graham was a part of cycle 23, she does admit that the series was missing something without Tyra. Signing onto cycle 24, Graham is most excited to work with Tyra more closely. “She was there in the beginning and the end [of cycle 23], but we didn’t get the Tyra-isms in the midst of it all,” Graham explained. 

“I’m so excited to have her there,” she continued. “Because she is a mentor and she’s definitely someone that I look up to.”

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Graham is the first face from cycle 23 to confirm she will return. There has been no news if the other cycle 23 judges, Law Roach and Drew Elliot, will also return. We do, however, know that Rita Ora will not come back in a reduced capacity as judge. Shortly after Tyra announced she was coming back to America’s Next Top Model, Ora graciously handled the mantle of host back to Tyra. In a Instagram post, Ora explained that she would be working on her new album during the filming of cycle 24 and is more than happy to watch Tyra host the show again. 

Words can’t describe how much FUN I had hosting this show for you – it was such an honour – I grew up watching and loving the show it was a dream come true and I can’t wait for you to hear my new album! It’s TIME PEOPLE!!! Love the whole ANTM cast and crew and good luck for the future!! Love you @tyrabanks ❤❤❤

A post shared by Rita Ora (@ritaora) on Mar 16, 2017 at 3:30pm PDT

So what do you think? Are you happy Ashley will return to America’s Next Top Model? Should Ashley have been invited back? Do you hope to see all the new judges back with Tyra or is Ashley the only one who should join?

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(Images courtesy of VH1 and Instagram / Rita Ora, video courtesy of People.com)

Derek Stauffer

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