She relinquished hosting duties to Rita Ora last year but now Tyra Banks is returning to host America’s Next Top Model.
Tyra created the model talent contest back in 2003 and hosted the reality show until 2016 when it moved from The CW to VH1.
But on Thursday she confirmed her return, tweeting: ‘I missed my ANTM baby so Mama’s back!’
‘Mama’s back’: Tyra Banks confirmed Thursday she is returning as host of America’s Next Top Model, after relinquishing the spot for one season to Rita Ora
Shared with fans: Tyra, who serves as the show’s executive producer, excitedly tweeted out the news
Tyra, 43, also tweeted a shout out to British singer and actress Rita, 26, thanking her for her stint as host.
‘Mizz @ritaora, you exemplify Business Boss Brand to the fullest! Thank you for all the amazingness you brought to ANTM,’ she wrote.
‘I love you!!!’ Rita tweeted back.
Bounced: British singer and actress Rita, 26, has assumed hosting duties for season 23 of the model talent contest after the show moved networks from The CW to VH1
Shout out: Tyra, who remained as the show’s executive producer, tweeted her thanks to Rita for doing such a great job
It was a sign: Tyra had made a surprise appearance on the season 23 finale to crown the winner and fans went wild
Season 24 of ANTM is slated to begin production this summer.
In a statement, Tyra expanded on her reasons for deciding to return as host.
‘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,’ she said.
‘After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ‘ANTM’ is woven into my DNA,’ she explained.
Moving on: As the news broke, Rota headed out in London with Nick Grimshaw
Meanwhile, a source close to Rita said she had enjoyed her time on ANTM but wanted to prioritize new music she is working on.
‘Rita loved her time on ANTM and Tyra was a big supporter but music is Rita’s first love and she wanted to concentrate on getting this new record out,’ the insider ex-plained. ‘The last few years has seen Rita’s time taken up by TV, film and fashion but this year her focus is on following up her No 1 debut album.’
It was just a few days ago that the producers of America’s Got Talent surprised everyone with the news that they’d chosen Tyra to replace original host Nick Cannon, who departed the show after eight seasons.
Working on an album: Rita will now concentrate instead on producing new music, a source close to her said Thursday
Nick, 36, left following a dispute with NBC executives over remarks he made during his Showtime comedy special Stand Up, Don’t Shoot last month.
Once again, Tyra took to Twitter to let her fans know about her new gig, tweeting: ‘Surprise! TyTY is the new host of #AGT @nbcagt! Can’t wait 2work w/new fam.’
She will join judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandell on season nine of the talent competition that’s starting production this month.
Big reveal: America’s Got Talent surprised fans Sunday by revealing via Twitter that Tyra will be the new host for the NBC show, replacing original host Nick Cannon