Comeback Kids: Tyra Banks Returning To Host, Judge “ANTM,” Shemar Moore Heading Back To “Criminal Minds”
They just can’t stay away.
Despite leaving her post after cycle 22 to focus on her new makeup line, Tyra Beauty, being an advisor on Celebrity Apprentice, as well as motherhood, Tyra Banks will return to host and represent as lead judge of cycle 24 of America’s Next Top Model.
Banks dipped out after the series made a move from the CW to VH1, and stayed on when the new season aired as an executive producer (also making occasional appearances). But it sounds like she missed her role in front of the camera, and so did fans of the show.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 16, 2017
Fellow executive producer Ken Mok said loyal “ANTM” fans were hoping Banks would be back to groom the prospective top models, smizing along the way.
“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,” he said in a statement obtained by Vulture. “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.”
Yes, with Banks’s return, that means it’s a wrap for Ora. However, the entertainer wasn’t sad about the news because she has new music she’s working on:
Words can't describe how much FUN I had hosting this show for you – it was such an honour – I grew up watching and loving the show it was a dream come true and I can't wait for you to hear my new album! It's TIME PEOPLE!!! Love the whole ANTM cast and crew and good luck for the future!! Love you @tyrabanks ❤❤❤
Thank you Tyra! Was such an honour and pleasure being on your show. Everyone welcome Tyra back!!
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) March 16, 2017
As for Banks, this isn’t her only hosting gig. As we told you this week, she’s also taking over the reigns for Nick Cannon as host of America’s Got Talent. With that said, the mogul has a pretty full plate for 2017. Production for ANTM is set to begin in the summer, and the panel of judges, which in Season 23 included plus-size model Ashley Graham, Paper magazine’s CCO Drew Elliott and celeb stylist Law Roach, will be announced later. Fingers crossed for the return of J. Alexander (Miss J)!
And speaking of returns, Criminal Minds fans should get excited because their favorite, Shemar Moore, will return as Derek Morgan.
But don’t get too geeked up, as it’s just a temporary return for now. According to PEOPLE, Moore will come back for the Season 12 finale. In it, “Morgan brings the BAU a lead in the case against serial killer and escaped convict Mr. Scratch, who has wreaked havoc on the team all season.”
Moore departed the show in 2016 after more than 250 episodes, and at the time, didn’t really seem sure about what was to come next, but was excited about it.
“I’m excited and really nervous about the unknown,” Moore told CBS.com. “But the way I live my life is I’ll never know unless I try.”
Since then, he’s done Justice League vs. Teen Titans and his romantic comedy, The Bounce Back. You can check out Moore, and the season finale of Criminal Minds, Wednesday, May 10 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
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