Rita Ora’s short-lived stint as America’s Next Top Model host has finally come to an end. VH1 recently announced that supermodel Tyra Banks is going to reprise her role as the host of ANTM Cycle 24. Banks hosted the first 22 cycles of the reality model-search show.
On the other hand, the supermodel is also slated to replace Nick Cannon as the host of America’s Got Talent. Ms. Banks is certainly one busy individual. NBC made the announcements, weeks after Cannon left the show because he felt NBC was trying to stifle his creativity.
ANTM Cycle 24: Why Tyra Banks Came Back?
Ora hosted the 23rd cycle of the top modeling show, but Tyra Banks clinched the hosting gig for ANTM Cycle 24 once more. Executive producer Ken Mok said in a statement that “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.”
Mok thanked Ora for being a “great partner and a total pro.” The statement said that Ora contributed passion and creativity into America’s Next Top Model. “We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
Banks hosted the first 22 cycles of ANTM when it was still airing on UPN from 2003 to 2006 and on The CW from 2006 to 2015. VH1 picked up the show for a new season, naming Ora as the host in 2016. A panel of judges will also be announced at a later date to join Banks in the show.
Shortly after the announcement has been made about her return, Banks tweeted to Ora: “Mizz @ritaora, you exemplify Business Boss Brand to the fullest! Thank you for all the amazingness you brought to ANTM.” In response, Ora tweeted back: “I love you!!!”
Banks then told the singer that she’s excited to hear Ora’s new music because she heard “it’s bangin!”
Tyra’s Return: Just What The Clients Ordered
The supermodel’s return just showed the power of TV audience. ANTM fans have never been truly satisfied with how Ora handled the show. They kept on tweeting VH1 to give the stint back to Banks.
Once they heard that the supermodel is back, the fans threw a Twitter party. They said they were all rooting for Banks’ return and they thought no one can do a better job at hosting ANTM Cycle 24 than her. The fans are also petitioning for the return of the original panel of judges.