See what prepared Tyra Banks for her new role as DWTS host
Before she takes over hosting and exec-producing duties tonight on Dancing With the Stars, the 46-year-old looks back on a career of meme-making moments. And no, she doesn’t regret that gig as a
“Black or White” music video, 1991
Banks has an unforgettable cameo at the end of the Michael Jackson video by John Landis. “I forgot the dance moves, so I’m the only one in the video doing something wrong and sticking my tongue out,” she said.
Coyote Ugly, 2000
Her role as a dancing waitress is small, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer begged her to appear in the movie poster. “He said, ‘I promise you a starring role in my next picture.’ Jerry, what’s up? I’m still waiting 20 years later.”
Her portrayal of a doll that comes to life continues to resonate with all ages. “When people come up to me about Life-Size, they turn into their 10-year-old selves. Their voices change.”
America's Next Top Model, 2003–2018
An omnipresent meme of Banks yelling, “We were rooting for you!” at contestant Tiffany in cycle 4 has had just as much of an impact on pop culture as the show itself. “Anything in politics, anything in sports where the star doesn’t hit the final shot to win the game, that meme is used. The thing is, I edited a lot out of that scene to protect her. There’s a lot more of why I was saying what I was saying.”
The Tyra Banks Show, 2005-2010
Covering a wide variety of topics on the syndicated talk show definitely took a toll. "I'm so happy I did that show. It was the hardest thing ever, super duper-duper hard. It was also hard emotionally. I didn't have just a happy show. I had a show that dealt with a lot of challenges for people who were struggling. I took that home sometimes and had to deal with it personally. I'm still happy that I did it but I wouldn't do it again."
Dancing With the Stars, 2020
When her agent relayed the offer from ABC to replace Tom Bergeron as host, Banks’ first reaction was to say, “‘I can’t dance.’ I was confused for a second.” What she can promise to bring, however, is plenty of feisty repartees. “I can’t wait to go head-to-head with Bruno Tonioli, six feet apart!”