Tyra Banks Is Defending Her Major "Dancing With the Stars" Gaffe

Sage Young
·5 min read

The elimination ceremony of the fourth week of this season of Dancing With the Stars got a little confusing, to say the least. On Monday night's episode, the remaining contestants gathered on the dance floor, as usual, and host Tyra Banks read the names of the couples moving on to the next week, one by one. But fans and the dancers themselves were left scratching their heads when Banks declared that a team previously announced to be "safe" was actually in the bottom two. On Twitter, Tyra Banks defended her Dancing With the Stars gaffe by blaming incorrect cue cards.

The issue became apparent when Banks announced the bottom two pairs with three left on the floor: Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko, actor Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe, and NFL star Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd. Heche and Motsepe were one of the couples in danger, but the other was Cheer star Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy, who'd already left the floor, believing they were moving on. Banks called them back, saying that there had been "an error in the control room." The judges ended up sending Heche and Motsepe home, Aldama and Chmerkovskiy took the screw-up in stride.

"I'm just thinking 2020, you know?" Chmerkovskiy told ET Online right afterwards. "It was crazy, it was shocking. To be honest, we still don't know. We just came off the stage so I don't have an answer for you. As Tyra said, it's live TV. What you see is what you get but I'm glad we get to laugh about it now."

In a post-show tweet, Banks doubled down on her claim that the error wasn't her fault, saying, "Wowzers. Live TV. Wrong name on cards. So challenging to deal with moments like these. But we power through." Some fans took her to task for blaming the production staff, however.

This is Banks' first season hosting Dancing With the Stars, replacing Tom Bergeron, who had hosted the program since its 2005 premiere, and Erin Andrews, who joined the show in 2014. Both were informed over the summer that they weren't going to be invited back.

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