Thank F*ck: Tyra Banks Is Coming Back to ANTM!
This is not a drill: the reality competition gods have spoken and Tyra Banks is coming back to her rightful place as host of the serial docudrama “America’s Next Top Model.”
This past season marked a comeback for the show after a few years off. Rita Ora replaced Tyra Banks, who was still an executive producer.
But on the next cycle, Tyra’s back, biotches. Production begins next summer, VH1 told us.
Her fellow EP, Ken Mok, released a very on-brand statement:
“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,” said Mok.
Tyra also released a statement that amounted to, “They like me, they really like me!” Cuz girl, THEY DO.
“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.”
We love picturing a crazed fashion doctor literally altering Tyra’s DNA to add Essence of ANTM while she lays comatose in a glittering dermatologist’s office, don’t you?
Of course, Tyra’s return to ANTM is not without dramz. Word on the street is that she held Rita Ora responsible for the show’s flagging ratings. Wonder if she pulled one of these behind the scenes!
The thing is no one — but no one — holds a candle to Tyra’s onscreen charisma. We certainly wouldn’t wanna be the girl tasked with filling her shoes. Kudos to Rita for giving it a shot.
Now let’s all rejoice and count down the days until Tyra gifts us with a new endless stream of ANTM memes.