Tyra Banks is taking back her old job, returning as host of America’s Next Top Model, in addition to her new job as host of America’s Got Talent.
VH1 announced the renewal of its rebooted version of Top Model today, which will be the second VH1 season and the 24th cycle of the show overall.
Both shows will be produced this summer, though it’s not clear yet if the production schedules will overlap. America’s Got Talent is filming its audition episodes now, but won’t start its live shows until later in the summer, of course.
Rita Ora hosted season 23, the first season of the reboot, and has essentially been fired. Executive producer Ken Mok said in a press release:
“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. 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.”
Here’s Tyra’s press release quote, which is overflowing with humility:
“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.”