‘Dancing With the Stars’ Isn’t Tyra Banks’ First Rodeo; Her History in Television
Reactions to Tyra Banks as the new host of Dancing With the Stars has been mixed. Some are not warm to the idea of Banks in the hosting spot but others are willing to give the former supermodel a chance. Banks has hosting experience. She’s created her own shows, as well as been the host other performance competition series.
America’s Next Top Model (ANTM)
ANTM marked Banks’ official segway into creating content television. Banks was planning her transition from modeling and felt ANTM was a perfect way to help others.
Banks is the creator and executive producer of ANTM. The show premiered in 2003 in UPN and ran for 24 cycles. Banks handpicked models during scouting and each week, the models participated in a model boot camp equipped with photoshoots, media and styling training, and a variety of other competitions. The winners received a major contact, cash prize, and magazine spread.
The show has birthed some of the top contenders in the industry, including RHOA’s Eva Marcille and soap actor Sal Stowers.
The Tyra Banks Show
While working on ANTM, Banks started her own talk show. Critics praised The Tyra Banks Show for documenting issues involving teenage girls and self-esteem, while also tackling issues on race, relationships, and career.
Banks was lauded for interviews with some of the top celebrities, including former President of the United States Barack Obama, Beyoncé, and T.I.
Banks herself confronted personal challenges on the show, including famously snapping back at critics who judged her for gaining weight. She also proved she’d never underwent plastic surgery for breast implants with an ultrasound on stage.
After five successful seasons and two Daytime Emmy awards, Banks said goodbye to the show. Banks later explained that she became overwhelmed with shooting a daily talk show and juggling her other projects.
“It just wasn’t a healthy thing for me,” she said at the Television Critics Association press tour in 2015. “At that time in my career, I was probably the most successful, lucrative and [relevant] … and the most unhappy. And so when [The Tyra Banks Show] ended, I was like, ‘I’m done with talk. I’m going to hunker down, go to business school, and really focus on the business side of my career.'”
Banks missed daytime television and returned to the platform with a newly created show, FABLife, in 2015. This time around, she enlisted the help of co-hosts, including Chrissy Teigen, fashion editor Joe Zee, interior designer Lauren Makk and YouTube star Leah Ashley. FABLife focused on lifestyle and wellness, with segments on beauty, style, and health.
The Hollywood Reporter announced Banks quit the show after almost three months on the jo to focus on her other businesses.
“I will be devoting more time to my new, growing cosmetics company, TYRA Beauty, which is expanding faster than anticipated, as well as overseeing my company’s other entertainment ventures,” Banks said at the time. “I will, however, continue to support the growth and success of FABLife and greatly admire my fellow co-hosts and the talented production team behind the show.”
The show had modest ratings and was cancelled in 2016 after one season.
America’s Got Talent (AGT)
Banks was hired as host of AGT in season 12, taking the place of Nick Cannon. She was later replaced by Terry Crews. Though the reason Banks opted not to return seemed sketchy to some, Banks insisted she enjoyed her time on the show but was busy with other projects. She hinted prior to the official announcement that she would not be returning.
“I think I had a really nice run with AGT,” she told ET. “I had a lot, a lot of fun… I’m going to be producing TV and I have a massive project starting next year. I’m not so sure, but if I don’t come back, I had a lot of fun.”
Dancing With the Stars is set to return this fall with Banks as host for her first season.