Alfonso Ribeiro Shares Tyra Banks’ Reaction to ‘DWTS’ Host Change

Alfonso Ribeiro is gearing as much as tackle an even bigger position on Dancing With the Stars — with former cohost Tyra Banks’ assist.

“She was very joyful for me, and she or he determined to go away,” Ribeiro, 51, informed Us Weekly solely on Wednesday, September 13. “So, she was very joyful that I used to be the individual that, type of, was moved up into her slot.”

The previous DWTS winner stated Banks supplied him “nothing however love” noting that he was “made for this” position.

Banks, 49, hosted the competitors for almost three years, taking on throughout the 2020 season. She changed Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, who beforehand hosted the present.

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“I’m actually centered on enterprise, like, loopy, loopy centered on enterprise. … I believe it’s time to graduate from the dance flooring to the inventory market flooring. Mic drop,” she informed TMZ when her departure was introduced in March. “I really feel it’s time for me to essentially concentrate on my enterprise and my entrepreneurship. I believe it’s time. I believe my coronary heart and soul are in my enterprise and in producing TV.”

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Banks defined that she will’t concentrate on her SMiZE and Dream ice cream model and different enterprise ventures whereas “internet hosting a present.” Teasing upcoming initiatives, she famous that followers will get to see her “creating issues, not simply internet hosting issues.”

Shortly after Banks’s departure was confirmed, it was introduced that Julianne Hough could be taking on the position and becoming a member of Ribeiro because the present’s second host.

Ribeiro, for his half, informed Us on Tuesday that he and Hough, 35, are going to be “wonderful” collectively.

“Our connection is implausible. I believe we’re going to be nice collectively. The power’s going to be nice,” he shared. “I get to maneuver down onto the ground this season and to the outdated Tom Bergeron position. It’s going to be a number of enjoyable.”

Ribeiro defined that he’ll get an opportunity to speak to the contestants on the dance flooring “recent” after they end their routines, whereas Hough will deal with issues within the DWTS skybox.

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“That’s the place we begin. We’ll see what occurs, however yeah, that’s the place we’re beginning and it’s going to be enjoyable. It’s going to be actually superior to be standing subsequent to them,” he teased to Us. “The love is true right here.”

Total, Ribeiro has excessive hopes for this season — which has a star-studded forged together with Mauricio Umansky, Ariana Madix and Jamie Lynn Spears, amongst others.

“This can be a nice forged and the power goes to be wonderful, and I believe the guts and the love and the soul of the present will likely be there for this season and I’m excited,” he gushed. “The anticipation, it’s prefer it’s actual. That is the day that it turns into actually actual.”

DWTS premieres concurrently on ABC and Disney+ on Tuesday, September 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi