Tyra Banks’ time in the “Dancing With the Stars” spotlight has come to an end.
The model and TV personality will not host the long-running celebrity dance competition show again three years after joining the cast, The Times confirmed on Friday. TMZ, who caught up with Banks as she was leaving a Whole Foods in Santa Monica on Thursday, broke the news Friday morning.
“I feel like it’s time for me to really focus on my business and my entrepreneurship and also producing more television, but behind the scenes,” Banks said Thursday in a video shared on the website. “You know what? I think it’s time to move from the dance floor to the stock market.”
The former “America’s Next Top Model” host told TMZ that she is “working hard” to expand her ice cream brand. smile and dream which was recently launched in the United Arab Emirates.
“They will see us this year in Inglewood,” he added.
Banks, an “entrepreneur at heart,” said she will also focus on producing and creating new television series, including a “new business show coming soon.”
Banks joined “Dancing with the stars” in 2020 as host, following former emcees Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. In July 2022, Alfonso Ribeiro joined as a co-host.
During his tenure, Banks faced fan reaction who hit her for her several bugs in the air, including mistaking a safe dance partner for one who was in the background. Now, that’s behind her.
“I really want to focus on my business and you can’t do that by hosting a show,” he said Thursday. “So you’ll see me creating things, not just hosting things.”
Banks’ departure is the latest shakeup for “Dancing With the Stars.”
In November, Len Goodman, one of the original three judges, announced that he was leaving the series to spend time with family. Months later pro Cheryl Burke announced she is leaving the dance floor in November, fellow pro Mark Ballas announced Sunday that he’s also retiring.
“This will be the last time you will see me dance in this capacity. I am coming to an end tonight,” she said during a live show on Sunday. “This is going to be my last dance.”