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The Real Reason Tyra Banks Replaced Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews on ‘DWTS’

Tom Bergerpn Dancing with the StarsSteve Granitz/ GettyImages

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Fans were confused, and concerned, as soon as they learned Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were not returning to Dancing With The Stars last season. The network claimed that removing the co-hosts to replace them with Tyra Banks is a part of the show evolving, but what really happened?


Fans may never know truly what happened to Bergeron and Andrews, but DWTS alums Maks and Valentin Chmerkovskiy spoke in an interview about Dancing With The Stars and it got juicy.

Maks was on Dancing With The Stars on and off between 2006 and 2018. As a recent alumni of the show, he had a positive mindset toward the changing hosts.

“Is Tom someone that I think was a staple of the show? Yes,” he said. “But dare I say I also was a staple of the show and at some point may or may not have been thought of as an irreplaceable element, yeah…So I think times keep moving and we keep moving.”


He kept an open mindset on growth of the show throughout the entire interview. Which was interesting to hear after he said he would “love to host” in the past.

“I’m a fan of the show being on TV, and staying on, and growing,” he said. “It has to grow, it has to keep evolving and keep growing, and so in that sense…this was a great moment for all of us… And already there has been a plethora of changes in personnel, there was been a reaction but after that we kept moving.”

Tyra Banks is “A Plus Plus”

Valentin Chmerkovskiy began the show in season 13 and is still awaiting news of whether he will be one of the pros on the upcoming DWTS season. Since he did take part in season 29, the interviewer asked him about Tyra Banks as a host.


“As a person she’s A plus plus,” he said. “Behind the cameras [she] greets everybody with love and respect. I think also we’ve yet to know a lot of Tyra because this was also a Zoom type of season. You know all the meetings were really remote…”

Both of the brothers stayed true to their open mindset about DWTS in this interview. They believe that DWTS is making changes to help it evolve and grow as a show.

“I think the magic of the show is off camera, and it translates on camera,” Valentin said. “It’s the camaraderie that you build with the dancers with the celebs with the cast… I think Tyra did a great job, I’m excited to see the job that she does next season after the opportunity to have a real season.”

Both Chmerkovskiy brothers are in support of every decision DWTS has made, according to their interview. Although the changing of DWTS personnel is sometimes hard for fans to stomach, it’s always to evolve the show further and into something greater.

With a new season of Dancing With The Stars on the horizon, there’s a lot to look forward to.

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Tyra Banks keeps inserting herself into the show not realizing that she is the emcee. Tom and Erin made the show better each week. Loved them. Tyra is terrible at this job. Awful and narcissistic tendencies on display weekly. Who has told her she knows how to dress??? Those outfits are embarrassing.

Ellie Vikhan
Ellie Vikhan
2 years ago

Tyra Banks is awful snd ruins the show!

Lina Brasileiro
Lina Brasileiro
2 years ago

Maks and Val can’t say how they really feel if they want to stay in DWTS good graces. This is just  PR . Common knowledge that Tyra is a disaster and pulling down the show. 

don cartmill
don cartmill
2 years ago

What about the age old wisdom of ” If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” You do not want to evolve into something the public does not understand or that they find distasteful.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

I think Tom B. and Erin A. were great hosts. I love them dearly and thought they were great for the show! I was deeply saddened when I heard they were no longer hosting. Then to be replaced by Tyra Banks I thought whose idea was that! She is horrible for the show. She was good at modeling in her day but that’s it. I agree her wardrobe is terrible, whose dressing her. Please I love the show and have been a fan from the beginning and want to continue but the show needs a new host. Someone with personality!

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Lost a forever fan withvTom & Erin gone and Tyra as host. Absolutely NO WAY will support WOKE Disney streaming DWTS. Thanks for nothing.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

Luckily I haven’t seen Tyra Banks host DWTS. I did NOT like her hosting AGT (including her outfits) so if she is anything like she was on that show, I’m pretty sure I would NOT like her as a host of DWTS.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Tyra is still awful. The show is about the CONTESTANTS not about her and her ridiculous wardrobe. And please learn how to speak. She puts inflection on all the wrong words. It’s annoying and distracting. Worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.

Alice Myers
Alice Myers
1 year ago

Sometimes “if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it” applies. This is one of those times. Tom & Erin were great…(Tyra ..so-so. I loved watching Val & Maks. Now I watch occasionally.

Victoria
Victoria
1 year ago

Tyra is All about Tyra she thinks this is her show, She Sucks she is Big headed and can’t stand her phoneyness and Big head she is a ME ME I I TYPE PERSON, she can’t just be the eemcee she wants it All Greedy Greedy Greedy, Tom and Erin made it fun, I don’t watch anymore becuz of Tyra Banks !!!!!

Kerri
Kerri
5 months ago

I still prefer Tom over anyone else. Didn’t like Erin but Brooke was much better. Haven’t watched much since they left because I don’t like Tyra it’s not her style. They say don’t fix what isn’t broken and they did when Tom left

Debbie
Debbie
10 months ago

I quit watching dancing with the Stars because of Tyra Banks I think she really was a terrible host I do miss Tom and Aaron they were great you need to bring them back might bring up the ratings again I will not watch dancing with the Stars as long as Tyra Banks is hosting I do love the dancers they were they are awesome bring back Tom and Aaron.

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