Entertainment Tyra Banks Says Her Mother Convinced Her to Take DWTS Hosting Gig
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has one very special person to thank for her new role as host on — her mom!
While appearing virtually on Thursday night's episode of, the 46-year-old model revealed that her mom, Carolyn London, encouraged her to accept the hosting gig on the hit ABC dancing series.
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During week two of the reality dancing competition series, Carole Baskin and Charles Oakley were in the bottom two After combining the scores from the premiere episode and night two, along with the live votes on Tuesday, Banks revealed all of the safe couples before revealing that Baskin, along with pro partner Pasha Pashkov, and Oakley, who was partnered with Emma Slater, were in jeopardy. "Again, it is going to be up to the judges to save one of these couples and keep them in the competition. If two of the judges are divided, the third will cast the deciding vote," Banks explained.
Sharing that DWTS producers got in touch with her earlier this year and asked if she was interested in hosting, Banks said that she was shocked when she got the call.
"'You're calling me and asking me this? I would never in a million years think that I'd be asked to host," she recalled saying at the time.
"So it took me months. I sat on it for months," she added. "I asked friends and finally I asked my mom."
"She was like, 'Girl, I'm the first person that told you about that damn show! I told you to turn on the TV. The stars is dancing,'" Banks continued. "She was the first person to tell me and I turned it on and couldn't look away. And so I said, 'Yeah, I think I can bring something to this.' I feel like I made the right decision."
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"I hope that Dancing with the Stars helps make that good for my daughter, that she can at least be able to tell her friends, 'This is who my mom is,' " said Carole BaskinDuring Tuesday evening's Dancing with the Stars episode, the big cat enthusiast broke down in tears with pro dance partner Pasha Pashkov as she discussed the aftermath of her portrayal on the Netflix docuseries.
The former America's Next Top Model star recently took over hosting duties of the hit dancing competition series fromand when the series 29th season premiered last month.
Banks' new gig marks the first time the show has brought on a Black female solo host, with the television personality saying of the opportunity, "I like breaking these doors down so that we don’t have any more firsts, but it’s nice to be first so that you can open that door and let so many people in after you."
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But despite the new gig, Banks has beenfor her performance on DWTS since the start of the show. Last month, she addressed those critics in a TikTok video.
DWTS: Tiger King's Carole Baskin Eliminated During Disney Night
Week three of the competition saw the celebrity contestants and their pro dancer partners dancing to songs from Disney films Carole Baskin is saying goodbye to Dancing with the Stars.During week three of the ABC reality dancing competition series, the 59-year-old big cat enthusiast was the second contestant to be eliminated from season 29.At the end of the show, host Tyra Banks announced that Anne Heche and Baskin had landed in the bottom two and it was up to the judges — Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough — to save one of the contestants.
"Tonight I hosted the second episode of Dancing with the Stars ... and yeah, it wasn't perfect," the TV host. "Yeah, I had a lot of fun but I messed up, I said the wrong words, but I kept, kept going."
While speaking to reporters during Day 2 of ABC's virtual fall press day on Wednesday, DWTS executive producer Andrew Llinares said the reason for the hosting change up was "all about evolution."
"Any show like this that has been on for many, many seasons needs to continue to evolve," he said, per. "So I think changing that host is all about evolution."
He added, "It was all about making the show feel fresh, making it feel new and make it reach out to a new audience — as well as the audience that's been there for years."
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Llinares also noted that he believes switching from having two hosts to one has been "working brilliantly" for the show.
"I think it's really refreshed the pace of the show. It's taken it to a new place, in terms of moving fast and feeling different," he said, adding, "I think that there's a real danger when a show has been on for a long time that the audience almost gets bored of the rhythm of it. It doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with it, just that it gets a little boring."
Llinares continued: "I think it's changed the rhythm of the show in a really exciting way. I think Tyra is doing an amazing, amazing job. It's been wonderful having her energy in the ballroom and her expertise as a host in the ballroom. She's brought a new life to everything."
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
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Derek Hough, who holds the record for the most wins held by any pro, performed on the DWTS dance floor for the first time in over three years Hough holds the record for the most wins held by any pro, with six mirrorball trophies. He took home the top prize with celebrity partners Brooke Burke (season 7), Nicole Scherzinger (season 10), Jennifer Grey (season 11), Kellie Pickler (season 16), Amber Riley (season 17) and Bindi Irwin (season 21). Meanwhile, Erbert, 26, began her role as a troupe dancer on season 21 in 2015, the same year she and Hough began dating.