Tyra Banks may have just signed on to replace Nick Cannon as the host of America’s Got Talent, but the beauty mogul is ready to take on an additional role–one she’s more than familiar with. Since America’s Next Top Model completed its inaugural season on VH1 earlier this month, the boss lady behind the show’s first 22 seasons has announced her grand return to the front of the scenes.
“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,” Banks 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.”
Though Cycle 23 premiered to a five-year high, viewers at home didn’t quite adjust to Tyra’s missing face from the brand-new panel led by former Roc Nation signee Rita Ora.
Mizz @ritaora, you exemplify Business Boss Brand to the fullest! Thank you for all the amazingness you brought to ANTM 💋
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 16, 2017
“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. “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.”
Love to you all for amazing ride! Cannot wait for you all to hear my new music ??🎶😊
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) March 16, 2017
With Tyra returning to her throne, Cycle 24 already sounds like must-see TV.