Welcome back to the dance floor, Julianne Hough.
ABC announced Monday that the former pro and “Dancing With the Stars” judge will co-host the competition show’s 32nd season along with emcee Alfonso Ribeiro. Hough will replace supermodel and reality star Tyra Banks, who hosted “Dancing With the Stars” for three years before confirming her departure earlier this month.
“It is a great honor to rejoin ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as a co-host,” Hough said in a statement to Variety.
“The show holds such a special place in my heart for the many years and different roles I have been privileged to be a part of. The amazing team that brings the ballroom to life every night has been my family for the last 17 years. … The energy is magnetic every time you step foot in the ballroom and I can’t wait to feel it again”.
Late last week, Banks confirmed in an interview with TMZ that he had wrapped up his tenure at “DWTS” to continue building his ice cream empire and develop a “new business show” for television. The executive producer of “America’s Next Top Model” succeeded original “DWTS” host Tom Bergeron in 2020.
“It’s time for me to really focus on my business and my entrepreneurship and also producing more television, but behind the scenes,” Banks told TMZ on Thursday.
“It’s time to move from the dance floor to the stock market.”
Banks’ replacement rose to fame as a professional dancer on “DWTS,” winning the coveted mirror ball trophy twice with her celebrity partners. Hough eventually returned to the series multiple times as a judge and guest judge after expanding her career as a recording artist, actress, and fitness influencer.
Hough and Ribeiro will be joined this upcoming season by returning “DWTS” judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough (Julianne’s brother). The final season of “DWTS” will premiere this fall on Disney+.