Q&A For NBC's ' The New Celebrity Apprentice' - ArrivalsThe "Queen of the Smize" didn't forsake "America's Next Top Model" fans for long.

Longtime judge and host Tyra Banks is coming back after just one season away, Variety reports. She had handed the reins over to Rita Ora when the series moved to the CW, but it was canceled after just one cycle. Fortunately, VH1 swooped in to rescue it, and now Banks is ready to resume her role.

The supermodel and "ANTM" co-creator stuck around as an executive producer last season, but it turns out she missed hosting as much as fans missed her.

"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," Banks said in a statement, according to Variety. "After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn't enough because 'ANTM' is woven into my DNA."

Banks is going to be busy. On top of her "ANTM" duties, she's also involved with two NBC reality competition shows. She's taking over as host of "America's Got Talent" now that Nick Cannon has left, plus mentoring contestants on the upcoming series "Funded." Thank goodness she's finding time to teach the next crop of top models how to smize properly.

[via: Variety]

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America's Next Top Model
CWTVPGMay 20, 2003
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