'Dancing with the Stars' Announces New Co-Host
Former 'DWTS' pro will replace Tyra Banks on the dance reality show.
There will be another familiar face in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom when Season 32 begins this fall on Disney+. Former winning DWTS pro and judge Julianne Hough will be taking over as co-host from Alfonso Ribeiro, who will be promoted to the host position following the previously announced exit by Tyra Banks.
Ribeiro, of course, won Season 19, so he was the perfect addition to the cast when he joined last season as the co-host and proved himself able to handle the live hosting gig. His hosting skills were honed from his years on ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos.
Hough became a household name as a two-time champion in Seasons 4 and 5 of DWTS with her celeb partners Apolo Anton Ohno and Hélio Castroneves. Now, her experience as a dancer should also make her a natural to co-host.
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Also returning for Season 32 will be Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough filling the judges' seats. There is no word as yet whether or not a fourth judge will be added to replace Len Goodman, who announced his retirement at the end of Season 31.
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More details about the upcoming season will be shared at a later date, including which pros will be returning to the ballroom, and, of course, who the stars will be. Both last season’s Mirrorball Champion Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke have previously revealed that they have hung up their dancing shoes, so they will not be in contention for those pro positions. But, in an interesting twist former pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy hinted he could make a return to the ballroom.
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The new host and co-host of DWTS was revealed just three days after Banks shared the news that she was moving on.
“I’m really focused on business,” she told TMZ. “ Like crazy, crazy, crazy focused on business. I feel it’s time for me to focus on my business and entrepreneurship, and also producing more TV, but behind the scenes. I think it’s time to graduate from the dance floor to the stock market floor… I really, really want to focus on my business, and you can’t do that hosting a show. You’ll see me creating things, not just hosting things.”
Dancing with the Stars will return in fall 2023 to Disney+.