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DWTS' New Host Tyra Banks Reflects on Replacing Tom Bergeron & the Backlash She Has Faced

Busayo Ogunjimi
Oct 14, 2020
06:00 P.M.
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In a recent interview, "Dancing With the Stars" host, Tyra Banks reflected on her first month as host and admitted that Tom Bergeron is a big shoe to fill. 


Since her announcement as the host of the season 29 of "Dancing With The Star," Tyra Banks has been the subject of much scrutiny and has received negative feedback from the show's aggrieved viewers.

Critics have called for Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews to be brought back as the show's hosts following what many perceived as poor performances from the new host.

Tyra Banks poses for publicity pictures ahead of the start of Season 29 of "Dancing with the Stars." | Photo: Getty Images.


The dramatic incident of last week played no part in raising Banks' popularity amongst her critics. Banks had pronounced Monica Aldama and her pro partner safe, only to later banish them to the bottom two, a situation she said was caused by a computer error.

Banks reportedly addressed the incident alongside a wardrobe malfunction she suffered on the show on her Twitter page. She admitted it was challenging to deal with such moments, but "we power through," she wrote.


The 46-year-old host also said that she understands the reactions from viewers following the incident, Banks also said that the viewers had to be angry at somebody.

She had to bear the blame for the premature announcement even though it was a technical problem. The host also admitted that the world doesn't see the technical fault; they see her and nothing else, so she understands why they vent their anger. 

Despite the enviable charisma of her predecessor, Banks is still optimistic about making her legacy on the show.


Banks revealed that she knew the demands and scrutiny that came with the job before taking it. It took her a while to accept the offer because she knew it would be a big deal.

Banks also revealed that most people are already used to the old pattern of the show and admitted that change is hard, painful, and complicated at times. She also said that she appreciates those who are watching the show with change.


Despite the difficulties that have plagued Banks' experience of Live TV, she still prefers it and would not let it affect her on the show. Banks has often said that she loves risk, and Live TV offers many unpredictability and risks.

Banks also admitted that Bergeron left a big shoe to fill, especially with his comic abilities. Despite the enviable charisma of her predecessor, Banks is still optimistic about making her legacy on the show.


In the heat of the criticisms, Banks has reportedly fired back at her critics who are always calling for her removal from the show following some unpleasant errors. The supermodel has said that she knows how to be perfect if she wants to but admitted that she keeps it real on the show with all her imperfections. 

Executive producer Andrew Llinares revealed that Bergeron and Andrews were taken off the show after many years because the show needed to evolve. According to him, it was about evolution, making the show feel fresh. For the 29th season, Banks serves as the show's sole host unlike previous seasons that were co-hosted.