Sunday, May 26, 2024

Tyra Banks Replaces Tom Bergeron as Host of “Dancing with the Stars” as ABC Gets All Multicultural and Diverse


Congrats to Tyra Banks. She’s the new host of “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC. She replaced Tom Bergeron, who was axed this week after hundreds of seasons.

Tyra is a star, she’s great, everyone loves her. But ABC could have handled this a lot better. In their mission to become all multicultural and diverse, they were pretty rude to Bergeron and Erin Andrews. But that’s the game in Hollywood. Every week is Shark Week.

Bergeron may have gotten the axe because he voiced unhappiness over having ex Trump press secretary, Lyin’ Sean Spicer, as a contestant. It’s a theory, but since Disney ABC chief Bob Iger loathes Trump, that doesn’t seem likely. It’s more that sensing a change in the culture, ABC decided to freshen up the look of the show. They just did it badly.

Are more changes coming to TV like this one? I would say yes. And a lot of them will be welcome. Bergeron will be fine. And Tyra will be a great success!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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