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Dancing With the Stars Reveals New Host

Tyra Banks will be taking the reins

(Newser) - Taking over for Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews on Dancing With the Stars: Tyra Banks. ABC announced the supermodel will be the new, solo, host of the reality competition for its 29th season, though it's still not clear when that season will premiere, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the...

History-Making Tyra Banks Is Back for the Swimsuit Issue

She was the first black woman ever to be featured on the cover alone

(Newser) - More than two decades after Tyra Banks made history as the first black woman to appear solo on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue , she's back on the cover for her third appearance, People reports. The 45-year-old came out of modeling retirement to shoot the cover. Inside...

Next Up From Tyra Banks: ModelLand, the Theme Park

It's opening in Santa Monica this year

(Newser) - Some theme parks have boardwalks; one coming to California will have catwalks. The attraction, set to debut at the Santa Monica Place open-air shopping mall later this year, will be called ModelLand , and it's the brainchild of Tyra Banks, herself a former supermodel and America's Next Top Model ...

Tyra Banks Taking Over for Nick Cannon on America's Got Talent

She'll host season 12 of the reality show

(Newser) - Tyra Banks is hosting the 12th season of America's Got Talent, the AP reports. NBC said Sunday that the supermodel, Emmy-winner, and creator of America's Next Top Model will be joining the competition series alongside returning judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel. Banks will...

Tyra Banks Has a Son via Surrogate

'Joyous milestone' York Banks Asla was long awaited

(Newser) - "When I turned 40," former supermodel Tyra Banks once told People , "the one thing I was not happy about is that I did not have kids." All that has changed with the birth of Banks' son, York Banks Asla, via a gestational surrogate, People reports. Banks...

7 Stars Who Were Bullied as Children

Justin Timberlake called a 'sissy,' Kate Middleton was 'meek'

(Newser) - They're now the coolest kids in school, but the dozen celebrities rounded up by The Stir were bullied when they were younger. A sampling:
  • Justin Timberlake: "I got picked on all the time. I had terrible acne, weird hair," he has said. "I grew up in

4 Stars Who Went Back to School

After achieving fame, they wanted more knowledge

(Newser) - Prince William is headed back to school this month, to take a 10-week course on agricultural management at Cambridge so he can better understand "contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom." E! rounds up seven more stars who went back to school after...

10 Stars Who Don't Drink
 10 Stars Who Don't Drink 

10 Stars Who Don't Drink

Some got sober, others just don't like alcohol

(Newser) - Not all celebrities spend their weekends drunkenly partying. The Huffington Post rounds up 19 celebrities who don't drink alcohol. A sampling:
  • Kim Kardashian: Despite plugging Midori in a commercial, she has said, "I do not drink alcohol at all. My sisters drink, so when they get a little

25 Strange Phobias of the Stars

House plants and butterflies and mirrors, oh my!

(Newser) - Everyone understands arachnophobia. But what about swinophobia—the fear of pigs? It's just one of the 25 strange celebrity fears rounded up by the Huffington Post :
  • Katie Holmes: Scared of raccoons.
  • Tyra Banks: Afraid of dolphins.
  • Orlando Bloom: Yep, he's the swinophobe.
  • Woody Allen: One of his many

21 Celebs Who Failed at Music
 21 Celebs Who Failed at Music 

21 Celebs Who Failed at Music

These actors, athletes did not make it in the music world

(Newser) - Just because you're good at acting or playing a sport doesn't mean you'll be equally talented at singing. Remember, if you will, how the Internet reveled in mocking Paris Hilton when her amazingly awful "Drunk Text" dropped. Now Perez Hilton lists 21 actors and athletes whose...

15 Strange Celebrity Friendships
 15 Weird Celebrity Friendships 

15 Weird Celebrity Friendships

You wouldn't guess these pairs hang out as often as they do

(Newser) - Paris Hilton is good friends with ... Kathy Griffin? Yep. You might expect the comedian would spend her time mocking the socialite, but they've actually been spotted shopping and sunbathing together. Fox News rounds up 14 more "unlikely celebrity BFFs":
  • Tyra Banks and Clay Aiken: The supermodel once wrote

10 Weird Celebrity Phobias
 10 Weird Celebrity Phobias 
no horses!

10 Weird Celebrity Phobias

Dolphins and horses and butterflies, oh my!

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin wants to be an American Idol judge, but there could be a slight problem getting her to audition sites across the country: She's afraid of flying. Celebuzz lists nine other celebrity phobias, from the everyday to the downright bizarre:
  • Kristen Stewart: She's been scared of horses

Tyra Banks Officially a Harvard Alum

She completed a 3-year program designed for CEOs and COOs

(Newser) - Harvard's alumni ranks have gotten a little more Us Weekly worthy. Supermodel/would-be finder of America's next top model Tyra Banks is now the owner of a diploma from Harvard University’s Executive Education Owner/President Manager Program. It's a mouthful, but it doesn't translate into a master'...

Larry King: Freeze Me
 Larry King: Freeze Me 

Larry King: Freeze Me

He drops the news in a dinner interview with celebrities

(Newser) - Larry King doesn’t believe in an afterlife, and hence wants to be frozen when he dies, he reveals in a new special airing tomorrow night. Dinner with the Kings sees Larry sit down with a gaggle of celebrities—namely Conan O’Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O’Neal, Seth MacFarlane,...

Tyra Banks, Tom Hanks, Miley Cyrus, and More Awful Celebrity Rappers
 15 Odd, Awful Celeb Rappers  

15 Odd, Awful Celeb Rappers

No, Tom Hanks. Just ... no

(Newser) - Sometimes otherwise-talented celebrities—here's looking at you, Eva Longoria—decide they really need to rap … terribly. Jezebel rounds up 15 unlikely rappers who really should not quit their day jobs. Watch a sampling in the gallery, or click here for the complete list. Yes, The Situation’s awful self-titled...

Mother Sues Tyra Banks Over Daughter's Appearance

Girl, 15, went on sex addict show

(Newser) - Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be ... 15-year-old girls who go on Tyra Banks' show to proclaim before the world that they're sex addicts. A Georgia woman is suing Banks for $3 million, claiming her daughter made the appearance without her permission and that the show last year...

Tyra's Apology Is BS: Janice Dickinson

Says Banks definitely saw Top Model promo

(Newser) - Tyra Banks is full of it, says Janice Dickinson. Banks, who recently apologized for an America’s Next Top Model promo in which she appeared to gush over an ultra-skinny model, claimed she hadn’t seen the spot before it aired. BS, claims Dickinson, a former Top Model judge. “...

Tyra: Skinny Girls Have It Tough, Too
 Tyra: Skinny 
 Girls Have It 
 Tough, Too 
she's sorry for promo

Tyra: Skinny Girls Have It Tough, Too

But she apologizes for the tiny-waist promo

(Newser) - Tyra Banks apologized for a controversial America's Next Top Model promo in which she appeared to gush over a super-skinny model, but says she wants to expand "the definition of beauty—EVERY kind of beauty"—including the extremely tall, thin kind. The model in the promo "was...

Tyra Banks Loves Super-Skinny Model

Maybe it's deceptive editing, but it sends the wrong message

(Newser) - Tyra Banks may have once famously told her body critics to kiss her fat ass …but now she appears to be quite enamored with a ridiculously skinny America’s Next Top Model contestant. “Obviously the footage has been cut, so maybe what Tyra really likes about her is...

11 Animals Celebs Fear
 11 Animals Celebs Fear 
guess who hates dogs?

11 Animals Celebs Fear

Apparently, MJ loved giraffes...but hated dogs

(Newser) - Sam Greenspan wants you to know that celebrities are, indeed, just like you. “But only if you have peculiarly irrational fears of flightless birds or farm animals,” he writes on 11points.com , where he offers up 11 strange celebrity animal phobias:
  • Adolf Hitler, et al: He is joined

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