Source: Crazy Days and Nights
This permanent A+ list model made it clear she didn’t want a co-host for her new show.
Even if the ratings tank, the producers are not allowed to bring in a co-host.
Dancing With the Stars
Tyra Banks: ‘It Hurts My Feelings That People Think I Was Hired at DWTS Because I’m a Black Woman’
It was announced in late July that Banks would be replacing the dancing competition’s longtime cohosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, which stunned die-hard fans and prompted some to speculate the reason she was hired was because she was a Black woman and the show was trying to conveniently diversify its older, conservative-leaning audience. (“I can assure you that wasn’t the reason,” Bergeron said recently.)
At the time of the reveal, Banks said in a statement, “Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats.” While specifics of her contract were not made public (“Girl, I can’t talk about a contract!” she says with a laugh because, yes, I asked), it’s presumed to be a multiyear deal that’s part of the show’s “new creative direction.”
If Banks is nervous about taking over, she doesn’t show it. “Still, I’m going to have to convince a lot of people that I can do this job,” she says. “I know I can do the job, but I’ll have to convince them that they will enjoy me doing the job.”
But how did the job come about? And when you factor in a career path as carefully executed as Banks’s, why did she decide this was the right next step? Ahead of the September 14 premiere—which got people talking thanks to a very interesting cast—Banks opened up to Glamour about the hurt she felt from people’s reactions following her hosting announcement, her fellow high school alum—also known as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle—and why she’s cautiously optimistic about the future. – Source