Tyra Banks Says She’s ‘Excited To Break Doors Down’ As The First Solo Black Female DWTS Host

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Tyra Banks is opening up about her new role as host and executive producer on Dancing With The Stars!

ABC revealed in a press release on Tuesday that Banks would be taking over the show and longtime host Tom Bergeron and co-host Erin Andrews would be stepping down. On Wednesday, Banks appeared on Good Morning America! and spoke of her excitement to break barriers as the show’s first solo black female host.

“I am excited about hosting and executive producing — getting in there, live TV, you never know what happens on live TV,” she said on the morning show.

“I like breaking these doors down so that we don’t have any more firsts, but it’s nice to be first so that you can open that door and let so many people in after you,” Banks explained.

Banks has been used to breaking down barriers and has been a trailblazer in many industries. Banks was the first Black model on both the cover of Victoria’s Secret catalog and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

“I’m used to the model [firsts], but today’s the first time I’m hearing this first Dancing with the Stars black woman, I never even thought of that,” Banks admitted.

“Let’s just keep this real, it’s gonna be so next level,” she revealed. “We’re doing all this crazy stuff, taking it to the next level, but still keeping the stuff America loves.”

“But you need to get ready because it’s gonna be different,” she added with a smile.

Dancing with the Stars is projected to premiere in the fall on Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Olivia Di Pede

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