Tyra Banks Returns To 'ANTM,' Sends Public Message To Rita Ora

Tyra's back after a season of lackluster ratings.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Tyra Banks is back! The creator of America's Next Top Model is returning to her role as host of the show and will be replacing the newly crowned host Rita Ora. "I missed my ANTM baby so Mama's back!," the supermodel tweeted.

Tyra shared her reasons for returning to the model competition in an official statement to VH1: "I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the intensity of the ANTM fan base whose deep affection for the show led me to have a change of heart. After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA."

For its 23rd cycle, Rita Ora took over the show along with new judges that included supermodel Ashley Graham. Earlier, it was reported that the show faced a ratings slip, which could explain Tyra's change of heart.

The changing of the guard seems amicable. Tyra thanked Rita for her services on Twitter and the Brit singer returned the love on Instagram.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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