Tyra Banks’ retirement from “America’s Next Top Model” turned out to be short-lived as the former supermodel returns as host to reality show, VH1 announced Thursday.
“I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the intensity of the ‘ANTM’ fan base whose deep affection for the show led me to have a change of heart,” she said in a statement. “After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ‘ANTM’ is woven into my DNA.”
Banks announced the end of the show after 12 years and 22 seasons in 2015, but VH1 brought it back last year with Rita Ora as host, along with new judges: supermodel Ashley Graham, Paper magazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist Law Roach.
“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,” executive producer Ken Mok said in a statement.
“We’d like to thank Rita Ora for being a great partner and total pro. She infused this new iteration of ‘ANTM’ with passion and creativity and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
VH1 also teased that additional panelists will be announced later, so Graham, Elliott and Roach may not be back in the judges’ chairs.
Banks also recently signed on to take over for Nick Cannon as the host of “America’s Got Talent.”