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TYRA BANKS TO REPLACE TOM BERGERON AS HOST OF NEW SEASON OF DANCING WITH THE STARS

It looks like Tyra Banks has got herself a new gig. Banks will go from judging wannabe models to hosting a group of D-list celebrities with two left feet on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

TMZ spills the tea:

In addition to smizing in front of the camera, Tyra will also be an Executive Producer of the show. We’ve learned she was in talks with the network long before ABC cut ties with Tom and Erin.

On Monday, Tom announced the show would be continuing without him, and said his 15 years hosting were the “most unexpected gift of my career.” ABC and BBC released their own statement about Tom and Erin’s departures … saying the show is embarking “on a new creative direction.”

Sources close to Tom tell TMZ the news came as quite a shock to him, and he was only informed of his departure this week.

While I’m sad to see Tom go, I do agree that DWTS could use a little shaking up. Tyra is a good choice, since she has hosting experience with Top Model and America’s Got Talent.

I’m also wondering if her addition to the show would have anything to do with ABC wanting to diversify their network, since we haven’t forgotten about the woman who came under fire over racist comments made towards some ABC colleagues, including Robin Roberts and Sunny Hostin.

Whatever the case, congrats Tyra on securing yet another bag.

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