Tyra Banks is moving from judging the catwalk to hosting in the ballroom ... the OG top model is taking over MC duties for "Dancing With the Stars." Just a day after ABC dropped Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews leading into season 29, TMZ has learned the former supermodel is strutting her way into that role. In addition to smizing in front of the camera, Tyra will also be an Executive Producer of the show. We've learned she was in talks with the network long before ABC cut ties with Tom and Erin. On Monday, Tom announced the show would be continuing without him, and said his 15 years hosting were the "most unexpected gift of my career." ABC and BBC released their own statement about Tom and Erin's departures ... saying the show is embarking "on a new creative direction." Sources close to Tom tell TMZ the news came as quite a shock to him, and he was only informed of his departure this week. The pair had been co-hosting together since 2010, after Erin was a contestant on the show -- but now, as Daily Mail first reported, the "America's Next Top Model" creator will be stepping into that glittery, disco-balled arena. (TMZ)

Now we know why Mike Tyson was throwing a steel cage on the beach in L.A. the other day ... SHARK WEEEEEEK!!!! The 54-year-old boxing legend has teamed up with Discovery Channel for an August 9 special called, "Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef." So, what's the show? Seems Mike will "train" with a shark?!! Here's the show description from Discovery ... "With famed ring announcer Michael Buffer calling the shots, these two heavyweights will square off underwater, where Mike Tyson will try to score a TKO over the massive shark ... all in the name of research." He adds, "Someone's gonna get bit!" Again, not really sure what that means -- BUT, WE'RE HERE FOR IT! "I took on this challenger to overcome fears I still deal with in life," Tyson says in a statement. "I equate this with overcoming my fear of getting back into the ring at 54 years old. I learned from this experience doing Shark Week that whatever intimidates me, I am still able to step up to the challenge of overcoming anything that would prevent me from accomplishing my life's mission of reaching my highest potential in life and bringing me closer to God." As we previously reported, Tyson hit the beach in L.A. a few weeks ago to shoot the spot -- and looked like a BEAST as he tossed around a steel cage, like it was a toy. (TMZ)

Jana Kramer Says She Auditioned for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. "I would be so afraid that we'd be eaten alive and spit out and then like canceled the next day," Jana Kramer said if she and her husband were to join RHOBH. Jana Kramer may be joining the Bravo family! On the latest episode of her podcast, Whine Down with Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin -- during which Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Melissa Gorga dished on filming during the coronavirus pandemic -- Kramer, 36, revealed that she recently auditioned for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. "I was going to say something, but I wasn't sure if I could say it," Kramer began. "We might have auditioned for a certain Housewives thing, but we haven't heard back yet." Bravo did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. The country star explained, however, that she has some reservations about potentially getting her own diamond. "I would be so afraid that we'd be eaten alive and spit out and then like canceled the next day," she shared, prompting Melissa, 41, to say: "You'll be so cute and loved and real!" Kramer went on to share that she auditioned "during quarantine" because she and her husband "weren't doing anything else." "We haven't heard anything, so I'm like maybe we were just boring people," said Kramer. When Melissa asked which franchise she auditioned for, Kramer coyly responded: "Beverly Hills." "Would you have to move there?" Melissa asked, to which Kramer replied, "Yeah." "We lived there before we came back to Nashville," Caussin shared. "We would just do like part-time," Kramer said, adding that she's close with cast member Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave. "Teddi is a friend, but I have not heard anything, so I'm sure it's not going any further," Kramer said. Kramer further explained that she feels she wouldn't be able to handle the pressure of the show. "I get hated on a lot because I'm very sarcastic. I wouldn't want to filter myself too much ... I have a hard time with criticism and I don't know how I could handle that." According to Kramer, she first had a phone interview and then a second interview with her husband. "We did the whole FaceTime, Zoom thing. It was at the end of May. It's been like over a month," she said. Kramer texted Mellencamp Arroyave, 39, about the audition and shared that the daughter of John Mellencamp heard it "went good." Although she has some hesitations about reality television, Kramer has long been candid about her life and recently discussed the difficult parts of motherhood she's currently experiencing. On Sunday, Kramer got real on Instagram, posting a selfie from a "dark room" that showed her tear-streaked face. "I have never heard these kinds of screams from [son Jace Joseph, 19 months] and it's literally BREAKING my heart," Kramer wrote. "Apparently it's the 18-21 sleep regression. (I had his ears checked and all are good now). His molars all 4 are coming in. And he throws his lovey and wubs out of the crib." Along with son Jace, Kramer shares daughter Jolie Rae, 4, with Caussin. While the mother of two said she "used to go back in to give him" the comfort items, it soon "became this game" and she was advised to not continue that practice. "But hearing him so upset, well has me like this," Kramer added. "#motherhood please please mommas tell me it'll be better soon?! And any tips?!? Also I only share this because I need the mom support." Many fellow parents chimed in on Kramer's comments, offering words of comfort and advice, insisting that they had been in her exact shoes many times and encouraged her to give herself some emotional grace. "I've had many moments like this," wrote Jessie James Decker, who's a mother of three. "It's ok to take a moment and just cry. We all in this together ????." The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo. (People)

'Survivor' Pulled From CBS 'Fall' Schedule. 'The Amazing Race,' which has a finished season ready to air, will fill the 8 p.m. Wednesday slot. CBS has voted Survivor out of its "fall" schedule as it's still unclear when the long-running competition series will be able to resume production. The network made the call late Tuesday, noting that Survivor's producers are working with officials in Fiji, where the show films, on when production on the 41st season can start, "with health and safety matters the top priority for everyone involved." In its place on Wednesday nights, CBS will air the 32nd season of The Amazing Race, which completed shooting well before the novel coronavirus pandemic brought scores of productions to a halt in March. It had been scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Wednesdays following Survivor but will move up an hour and lead off the night. SEAL Team, meanwhile, also slides up an hour to 9 p.m., and SWAT, which had been slated for later in the season, will return at 10 p.m. Neither show has begun filming yet, and CBS says additional information about production starts, and thus premiere dates, will be announced later. CBS announced its "fall" schedule in May that was largely business as usual, with a host of veteran series set to return and two new shows, the Chuck Lorre comedy B Positive the Queen Latifah-led Equalizer reboot, scheduled to debut. Entertainment president Kelly Kahl did acknowledge then that it was "highly unlikely" that the full slate would debut in late September, hoping instead for a staggered start to the season based on when productions could safely restart. NBC opted for a similar strategy, while Fox and The CW are using acquired programming and previously completed shows (both scripted and unscripted) to fill out their fall slates. ABC is somewhere in between, putting out a schedule that relies more heavily on unscripted series than it has in the recent past but still has originals penciled in across all seven nights. With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in California in recent weeks, however, earlier projections for a resumption of production in the summer look overly optimistic. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered movie theaters, bars, family entertainment centers and other indoor businesses to close in an effort to combat the spike. A majority of CBS' scripted series film in Los Angeles. Survivor was set to begin filming its 41st season in March when it suspended production. In a normal year, the show would have wrapped filming on season 41, which was to air in the fall, by now and would be well on the way to finishing season 42. (Hollywood Reporter)


Popular posts from this blog

Book discussion group to meet