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Tyra Banks to Return as Host of VH1’s ‘America’s Next Top Model’

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Tyra Banks is returning to host “America’s Next Top Model,” Variety has learned.

© Provided by Variety When “America’s Next Top Model” moved to VH1 from the CW for its most recent season, Banks — who created the reality competition show — remained an executive producer and appeared on the show, though Rita Ora served as host.

VH1’s new season of “Top Model” will begin production on a new season this summer.

“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. After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ‘ANTM’ is woven into my DNA,” said Banks in a statement.

“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,” said executive producer Ken Mok. “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.”

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