Dancing With the Stars is coming back in September. On Tuesday, the fan favorite show announced a new season will premiere on Sept. 14, with Tyra Banks taking over hosting duties.
DWTS, which has been on the air since 2005, revealed earlier this summer that previous hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews would not be returning.
Bergeron had emceed the dance competition since its debut in 2005. Andrews joined as co-host in 2014. Both expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the show in separate statements.
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Bergeron even made a funny quip about Banks’ new role in a tweet. “I guess I won’t be getting back my monogrammed towels,” he said, acknowledging the coincidence that the two share the same initials.
ABC has said loyal fans can expect a “fresh take on the competition,” while “maintaining the heart and soul of the beloved series.” The new season will also be strictly compliant with Covid-19 safety regulations.
ABC Entertainment boss Karey Burke told The Wrap in May, “The producers have been able to get back up and running in other territories that have opened back up and have innovated in those formats in ways that we’re able to draw upon. I feel confident that they’ll be able to deliver on the production value that people will be used to.”
Banks is no stranger to hosting. The model and entrepreneur hosted America’s Next Top Model and her own daytime talk series The Tyra Banks Show from 2008-2010.
Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars debuts on Monday, Sept. 14, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.