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Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 6:24 PM
— Tyra Banks is heading back to her roots and returning to host her long-running reality TV show, “America’s Next Top Model.”
The retired supermodel, mother and business woman announced on Twitter that she missed the show and will be back for the 24th season, referred to as a cycle.
Variety reported that production on the new cycle begins this summer.
After running on CW Network for decades -- initially on UPN before The CW was formed -- the show was canceled. VH1 picked up the show, retooled and restyled it and singer and actress Rita Ora was on board as host, with celebrity stylist Law Roach, model Ashley Graham and Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliot as judges. Banks remained on as executive producer and appeared on the first and last episode of the cycle. Executive producer Ken Mok also remained on board since the series’ move to VH1.
Mizz @ritaora, you exemplify Business Boss Brand to the fullest! Thank you for all the amazingness you brought to ANTM 💋— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 16, 2017
“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,” said Banks in a statement.
“Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise and her absence was deeply felt by our fiercely loyal fans who missed their Queen of the Smize,” Mok said. “We’d like to thank Rita Ora for being a great partner and total pro. She infused this new iteration of ‘ANTM’ with passion and creativity and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”
There has been no word on whether the judges will be replaced.
Banks will be on more than one network this year. In addition to VH1, Banks is the new host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Former host Nick Cannon congratulated her on the gig with a bouquet of flowers.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:42 AM
— Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star and Pittsburgh native Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.
Doctor’s originally thought she had a severe infection. Miller is not out of the woods from the surgery yet and doctors said she plans to start chemotherapy and radiation soon.
Miller was recently transferred from federal prison to a reentry center in March.
She had been serving her sentence at a medium security prison in Victorville, California.
Miller was sentenced a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud.
Investigators said Miller brought nearly $120,000 in Australian currency into the United States and not reporting it.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:58 PM
— Kanye West has been doing a lot of tweeting lately, teasing a philosophy book and sharing his thoughts on life and creativity.
His latest set of tweets, however, is about music.
The rapper, husband and father of three announced two new albums.
“Kids See Ghost” will be out June 8.
“Me and Cudi album June 8th,’ West tweeted. “It’s called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group.”
me and Cudi album June 8th— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
it's called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
“My album is 7 songs,” he tweeted. “June 1st.”
my album is 7 songs— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
June 1st— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
— Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is getting married.
The 37-year-old singer is engaged to pastor Chad Johnson, 40, after a year of dating.
Johnson, founder of Elevate International, led the retreat in Arizona and said he and Williams were in “very similar places on a personal level.”
“I was in a horrible, dark place,” Williams said. “I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation — get connected to God.”
“Michelle was coming off the heels of a really bad relationship, and I was just in a place of despair as well,” Johnson, a professional sports chaplain who has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers, said.
The two kept in touch after the retreat and progressed from texts to FaceTime calls.
“We spent almost three months without even seeing each other, just building a strong foundation on the phone and through FaceTime,” Johnson told People. “It was really built on friendship and communication.”
The two went on their first date at a wedding in the Dominican Republic, had their first kiss and decided to date officially.
“I told her, ‘I’ve been looking. I don’t want to look anymore. I’m done. My search is over,’” Johnson said.
A year to the day Johnson first reached out to Williams -- on March 21 -- the two got engaged. Johnson proposed with a 5-carat ring and a video of himself with members of Williams’ family.
“I started weeping and wailing when I see all these special people,” Williams said. “Towards the end of the video, something in my head said, ‘Pull yourself together! He’s about to propose! Stop all this crying!’”
Destiny Fulfilled! Everything to Know About Newly Engaged Michelle Williams' Fiancé, Pastor Chad Johnson https://t.co/kWvsL94NfK— People (@people) April 19, 2018
Williams said she was drawn to her now-fiance because she could be herself with him, adding that Johnson calls her by her first name.
“My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra; just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself,” she said.
The two plan on having a wedding this summer.
“It’s gonna be … think James Bond-meets-’Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — with a little hood in it,” Williams said. “It’s gonna be very traditional. We’re doing black-tie. We want it to be small and intimate and very private.”
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:24 PM
Uproxx reported that Carrey was in the area and is gearing up to work with late-night host Conan O’Brien on his Showtime series “Kidding.”
CNN reported that O’Brien chatted with the two about working together on the 1994 comedy movie and it’s less-successful sequel. Carrey revealed that the duo’s performance as Lloyd and Harry drew praise from Dustin Hoffman.
“Dustin Hoffman called me and he said, ‘That is the most real relationship -- buddy relationship -- I’ve seen in movies in decades,’” Carrey said.
Watch Carrey surprise Daniels on “Conan” below. The interview contains a brief sexual innuendo and a censored expletive.