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Rita Ora FIRED + Tyra Banks to Return as Host of ‘America’s Next Top Model’

By Teonny Spears / Published on Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 22:48 PM / No Comments

Looks like Rita Ora‘s stint as the host of America’s Next Top Model has come to an end. It has been confirmed that co-creator and executive producer Tyra Banks will be returning as the show’s host and main judge! In a statement, the fashion icon and business woman stated:

“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.”

What’s not confirmed however is the rest of the panel, who will be revealed at a later date. Yes, this means that Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and Law Roach have also been fired.

America’s Next Top Model originally ran from 2003 to 2015 for 22 cycles (seasons) after being cancelled by The CW.

A year after ending, VH1 re-launched the series and Tyra decided to stay behind the scenes, choosing Rita Ora as the host and main judge for Cycle 23. 20-year-old model India Gants served as the winner of the comeback season.

What’s very funny to me is that Rita Ora is a pretty girl. I’ve always stated that modeling is what she should do and she went for it, even landing the hot seat of ANTM, only for Tyra to snatch it from under her instantly. It just seems like the poor girl will never actually find her niche and for that I feel bad for her.

I must admit though, it’s very entertaining to watch. Welcome back Tyra!!!!


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Teonny Spears
26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age because he simply didn't like getting dirty as a child, and preferred to stay inside.

His earlier writings consisted of short stories and poetry, and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for Defglam.com, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk, a web-show that featured celebrity gossip, news, TV/movie talk and fashion. After 8 seasons and over 200 episodes, Teonny decided to end the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year.

In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine, an online publication dedicated to providing a multicultural exploration of art, entertainment, fashion and social issues through a mix of news and thought pieces. After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at PopGlitz.com, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Pop Music, though he also dabbles in Fashion, TV/Film, Rap & introducing readers to new and rising talent.

Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.