Tyra Banks Is a ‘Polarizing Figure’ Amid Exit Rumors

Sharing his thoughts. As Dancing With the Stars viewers await news on Tyra Banks‘ potential return, former contestant Cody RigsbyReacted to mixed opinions about the host.

“Tyra, I feel like was such a polarizing figure. Either you loved her or people were mad about it. I don’t know. She was great,” Rigsby, 35, exclusively told Us WeeklyAfter teaching a special live cycle class to media at Peloton Studios, New York on Friday June 10, “It was so iconic meeting her and she was such a lovely person so if she wants to do the job, I hope she’s back. If she doesn’t, then somebody else.”

Banks, 48, were previously invited to host 2020 after Tom Bergeron and his cohost,​​​ Erin AndrewsThe show was cancelled for Andrews and Bergeron, respectively. Bergeron (67) was the host for 28 season and Andrews (44), appeared in 2014, after he had been a contestant.

Tyra Banks on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’
ABC/Eric McCandless

The model was later in the news when Brooke Burke referred to the newcomer as “a diva” behind the scenes. “There’s nothing wrong with that, and I’m not saying anything bad about her. Be a diva,” Burke, 50, said on the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast in April. “It’s [just]This is not the place for a diva to be. Your pros are the best diva[s], your winners, your perfect 10 score dancer who’s never done it — that defines diva in the ballroom.”

Burke also weighed in on the “tough transition” that Banks went through when joining DWTS. “Change is hard for everyone. They’ve gone through a lot on that show, that’s for sure,” the fitness guru added. “You’re just not the star as the host. It’s just not about you as the host, right? So, yes, Tyra is great in a shining position. I will just say that.”

Fans were left wondering if Banks would make a comeback after it was announced that the dancing competition series would move from ABC to Disney+.

Rigsby is interested in learning how DWTSDisney+ will see a lot of changes. “I think streaming Dancing With the Stars is going to be interesting because — I don’t know how it’s going play out but it’s going to be interesting. I always feel like the fan base is specific and I don’t know if there will people that will stream,” the athlete, who was a contestant during season 30, shared with Us. “But hey, Disney executives know more than I will.”

He added: “I think it’ll be great because people will be able to find the show a lot easier and it’s not just like you have to show up at 8 p.m. and watch it. So, I’m also interested to see how they do voting, how it’s going to work.”

Rigsby, who was a guest on the show, has now turned his attention to Peloton Studios New York. “I’m not sure exactly how we’re moving forward, but the studio is going to open soon for all of our members and there will be a way to access classes but we’re just working out the kinks right now and we’re going to hopefully open soon so everyone can get a taste,” he told Us.

California natives find the most exciting part of their classes is the interaction with his students.

“I feel like I’m such a different instructor than I was 2 and a half years ago,” Rigsby noted. “You almost have to thank the challenges because it made me so much of a better person. But I’m excited to finally put faces to names that people I’ve seen on the leaderboard or heard stories of and it really just crystalizes this community that we built online. I’m just excited that people get to come to this fitness mecca that is Peloton and really enjoy their favorite instructor and feel it in real life.”

Diana Cooper reports

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