tyra banks

*Well look who’s back. We guess it’s a case of “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” In other words, Tyra Banks, after Rita Ora got the boot, is returning to host “America’s Next Top Model” again.

In an official statement, the supermodel, actress, and mogul says:

“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.”

Banks, through a series of Tweets, also confirmed her return and thanked Rita Ora for an exquisite job well done:

Co-executive producer Ken Mok said of Tyra’s return in a statement:

Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise and her absence was deeply felt by our fiercely loyal fans who missed their Queen of the Smize. We’d like to thank Rita Ora for being a great partner and total pro. She infused this new iteration of ANTM with passion and creativity and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.

Oh yeah, on top of returning to host “ANTM,” Tyra was also recently selected to replace Nick Cannon as host of “America’s Got Talent.”


tyra banks & rita ora

Tyra Banks and Rita Ora

Earlier we reported that Tyra and “ANTM” were not happy withy Rita Ora …

*A report in Life & Style suggests trouble in “ANTM” land.

Executive producer and former host Tyra Banks handed ringmaster duties to Rita Ora for the just-wrapped 23rd cycle on VH1. But according to the outlet, the former supermodel has been less than impressed with Ora’s command of the show:

Via Life & Style:

A source told Life & Style that though Tyra initially said last year that Rita is the “perfect” host for the popular series, the 26-year-old was not as ready for the position as Tyra anticipated.

“There was hope that Rita would revive ANTM’s ratings” for the 23rd season, “but after a promising start, the numbers dwindled.”

And when Tyra, who remains as the executive producer, found out about the reason behind the sliding rating could be partially Rita’s fault, as she was “sometimes unprepared,” said an insider, Tyra “was furious.”

A VH1 rep told Life & Style that Rita is “a total pro” and they are “thrilled to have partnered with her.”

Well, we still don’t know what the real deal is between “ANTM” and Rita Ora, but the bottom line is Tyra in back in the saddle.