'Dancing With The Stars': Tyra Banks 'fights for major comeback' with new co-host Alfonso Ribeiro

Tyra Banks will be co-hosting Season 31 of the show despite major backlash from fans last season for her controversial comments

'Dancing With The Stars': Tyra Banks 'fights for major comeback' with new co-host Alfonso Ribeiro
Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro to host popular show 'Dancing with the Stars' (Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Discovery, Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images for dick clark productions, Instagram/dancingwiththestars)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: After a dismal outing hosting the last season of 'Dancing With The Stars', Tyra Banks will be making her comeback in the upcoming season. She will be returning for her third consecutive season, this time, co-hosting with actor Alfonso Ribeiro. The show will premiere on September 19, 2022. 

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The 48-year-old supermodel had been on the receiving end of major backlash from fans over several blunders - from taking too long to announce the winners to not announcing the name of the correct couple who had been eliminated, Banks' hosting errors were criticized by many viewers. She had also made several controversial comments about participants that did not go down well with viewers. 

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According to The Sun, "Tyra is prepping for her comeback alongside her new co-host Alfonso after shying away from publicity last season." In fact, top executives from Disney have instructed the pair of hosts to "put on a united front" which will "shut down fan hatred over the model's skills and interactions with talent." The showrunners are also eager to "overcome the dramas and negativity of the last season and want Alfonso and Tyra to be a team, who are beloved by audiences."

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Unlike last season when Banks did not take part in publicity outings or interviews, this season will give viewers a chance to see her in a more positive light. She will be given a lot more "opportunities to speak" and will be present in interviews with Ribeiro. The two co-hosts have previously worked together on Season 4 of ' Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' in 1993. Incidentally, this was also Banks' first gig as an actor.

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Talking to People, Ribeiro shared his excitement, "For me to be asked now to co-host with Tyra, and be part of the great crew and dancers and friends... to be able to be on stage with them and to be part of that family again, is quite special for me. I mean, these dancers are friends of mine at this point now. We really do all hang out together, and talk outside of that show." Notably, Ribeiro shares a history with the dance competition, having appeared in Season 19 when he was partnered with Witney Carson. The outing ended on a grand note when he took home the trophy to 'Dancing With The Stars.' 

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The constant presence of the two hosts together will also put to rest any rumors regarding ego clashes or any off-screen tension. The source mentioned that Banks' preparations for the upcoming season are in full swing. No doubt, this includes prepping for all sorts of curveballs thrown at her during interviews. The supermodel will also don the hat of an executive producer of the show this season.

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