Tyra Banks says it’s time to quit ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Tyra Banks has teased her exit from “Dancing With The Stars,” saying “it’s time” for her to step away from the hosting gig.

The former model-turned-presenter, who has hosted the dance show since 2020, told TMZ that her focus is entirely on her ice cream business SMiZE and Dream, which she launched in 2021.

“I’m really focused on business, like a focused madwoman,” she told the outlet on Thursday.

“SMiZE and Dream is global, so I think it’s time for me to really focus on my business and my entrepreneurship.”

When asked if that meant she was stepping away from her gig on “DWTS,” Banks replied, “I think it’s about time. I think my heart and soul is in my business and in television production, and you can’t do that by hosting a show.

“So you’ll see me creating things, not just hosting.”

Tyra Banks
Banks has hosted “DWTS” since 2020.
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The former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ host said that while she was looking to step away from the hosting gig at the moment, she was open to working on television in the future, but only behind the scenes.

“I think it’s time to move from the dance floor to the stock market,” she added. “Mic drop.

The model’s time on the show has been marred by various on-air misfires, goofy jokes and over-the-top fashion moments.

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Banks said she was “focused” on business after launching her SMiZE and Dream ice cream brand in 2021.

The return from her hosting duties was particularly intense in season 29 when she accidentally announced the two bad couples downstairs on live television – confusing contestants, judges and fans back home.

“The world is mad at the talent, but there’s a whole control room and things are happening and the craziness is happening,” Banks said of the flub during an appearance at the company’s press tour. Television Critics Association in August 2021.

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The model’s time on the show has been marred by various on-air misfires.
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“And I am fed certain things, say certain things that I am told. But it’s like that.”

Banks said at the time that she also felt like she had to “take darts for the team” as host.

“I was blamed for it, and it wasn’t me,” she insisted. “And I think that’s very important to say.”

Most recently, Banks hosted Season 31 alongside “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribiero.

Professional dancer Mark Ballas recently announced his departure from the show after 20 seasons.

Original judge Len Goodman announced his retirement in November.

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