Tyra Banks Returns As Host Of “America’s Next Top Model”

We're smizing from eye to eye!

VH1 has announced that Tyra Banks is returning to host the next cycle of America’s Next Top Model, which will begin production this summer. The former supermodel and Ken Mok will continue as executive producers, with contestants and panelists to be named later.

“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.”

Tyra Banks

Banks said she was “overwhelmed and humbled” by the fanbase, and decided to have a change of heart about hosting. “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 were rooting for you, Tyra, we were ALL rooting for you!

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