Tyra Banks Addresses ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Hosting Criticism

Tyra Banks Season 29 Dancing with the Stars
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Dancing with the Stars has been going through a bit of an adjustment period between COVID-19 restrictions and cast shakeups — particularly with new host Tyra Banks and judge Derek Hough taking over for Len Goodman.

While some of these changes have been accepted by fans, Tyra’s role as host has come under criticism from many longtime viewers who enjoyed previous hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. But Banks isn’t letting that backlash get her down.

During DWTS‘ latest episode, Banks fumbled with her lines, and the error didn’t go unnoticed by viewers. In response, Tyra opened up to her followers on TikTok.

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“I hosted the second episode of Dancing with the Stars… and yeah, it wasn’t perfect,” Tyra began the video. “Yeah, I had a lot of fun but I messed up, I said the wrong words, but I kept, kept going,” she continued.

As the TikTok continues, Tyra likened her flub to current contestant and Disney Channel starlet Skai Jackson’s little blunder during her second dance. “She got back up and she kept going, and because of that she’s here for another week,” noted Tyra. “So the message is: I messed up this week, Skai messed up this week, but we’re gonna keep going and going. Forgive yourself when you mess up and keep going.”

And the Monday, September 28 performances are a perfect chance for a fresh start as Disney Night arrives in the ballroom. “I’m super excited about theme nights, that’s one of the things that… I have spoken about at length, and kind of analyzed a very long list of fun themes, narrowing it down to the four that you will see,” the supermodel said ahead of Dancing‘s Season 29 premiere.

Below, let us know what you think of Tyra’s hosting on Dancing with the Stars so far and don’t miss the next episode on ABC.

Dancing with the Stars, Season 29, Mondays, 8/7c, ABC