Tyra Banks Addresses “Dancing With The Stars” Criticism After Taking Over Hosting For Season 29


Tyra Banks is responding after she has faced massive criticism since taking over hosting duties for season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.

On Tuesday night Banks took to TikTok to respond to all of the backlash she has faced since becoming the host, but especially after messing up her words on the season’s second episode. “Tonight I hosted the second episode of Dancing with the Stars … and yeah, it wasn’t perfect,” the TV host said in the video. “Yeah, I had a lot of fun but I messed up, I said the wrong words, but I kept, kept going.”

Banks then compared her mistake to the dancers such as Skai Jackson who made a misstep while dancing her samba with partner Alan Bersten. “She got back up and she kept going, and because of that she’s here for another week,” Banks said. “So the message is: I messed up this week, Skai messed up this week, but we’re gonna keep on going and going.”

“Forgive yourself when you mess up and keep going,” Banks concluded.

ABC revealed that Banks would be taking over as the show’s host and become an executive producer on the series in July, just one day after announcing Bergeron, 65, and Andrews, 42, would be parting ways with DWTS.

Dancing with the Stars is one of the biggest shows on TV, with a huge audience, and I really respect that,” Banks told PEOPLE in September. “I can’t come in with a battering ram and try to change everything. That would be a bad business decision and dumb leadership. So I’m not doing that.”

“I listened to research, I listened to the fans, I killed half of my ideas and then I doubled down on some of them,” she added. “We want to implement those ideas but still respect the show — and add a little pixie dust!”

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