Tyra Banks Opens Up About Adorable Son York & Details Upcoming ‘DWTS’ Hosting Gig

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Tyra Banks opened up about her sweet son, York, 4, and the details of her upcoming gig as the new host of Dancing With the Stars in an interview with Hollywood Life on Friday.

The reality star and actress shared a charming story about York, recalling a time when he witnessed her on-screen and made a reference to one of her older films.

“My son, whenever he sees me on TV, he calls it ‘shine bright’ because I shot Life-Size 2 where I play the doll. So my son was on set a couple of times and saw me singing the Eve song from the movie and it’s ‘shine, shine, don’t be shy.’ So anytime he sees me doing anything for television, he calls it ‘shine bright,'” the 46-year-old explained.

The TV host also revealed that although her toddler is four, he truly enjoys dancing, and suggested that when he finds his rhythm, he might make a DWTS appearance one day. She also revealed that the young child is already doing “that thing that like a 12-year-old does,” telling his mom to stop dancing when she joins in out of a sweet, teenage-like embarrassment.

Tyra Banks poses at the AMAs.
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Tyra also discussed her upcoming hosting spot on DWTS, which led to the shocking firing of longstanding hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Tom hosted the show since its inception, 15 years ago, and Erin replaced Brook Burke-Charvet in 2014.

Angry DTWS fans reacted with intense backlash after the news of her appointment broke, as The Inquisitr previously reported. They let loose on an Instagram post shared by the long-running television program, airing all their displeasure about the axing of longtime hosts Tom and Erin and the decision to hire Tyra.

The veteran TV host continued, talking about her reaction to the intense push back from fans that followed the announcement. She insisted that even though there’s a “different ringmaster,” the show will remain the program viewers “know and love,” and she promised to deliver as the new host. Tyra added that after working in the industry for so many years and hosting shows like America’s Got Talent and America’s Next Top Model she could handle any criticism that came her way.

“I’ve always kind of had wind in my face a little bit and it doesn’t really bother me. It is my job to endear America to not just me, but to this show, because it is the same show,” she shared.