VH1 today announced a big change for its high-profile competition program “America’s Next Top Model.” Rita Ora, who became the show’s host last year, is out and the show’s driving force, Tyra Banks, will return to her longtime role as host, the AP reports.
It sounds as though Banks will have a busy schedule. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Banks is also the new host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
Production on the new season of “Top Model” is set to start this summer.
“Banks created ‘America’s Next Top Model’ in 2003 and served as both executive producer and host until last year, when Ora was named the new host,” the AP reports. “Fellow executive producer Ken Mok said Thursday that Banks’ absence was ‘deeply felt’ by the show’s fans.”