Tyra Banks Addresses ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Hosting Criticism: ‘I Messed Up’

Tyra Banks hosts Nine West New campaign launch event in celebration of International Women's Day at ABG West Style Studio on March 05, 2020 in West Hollywood, California.
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Tyra Banks took to TikTok to directly address criticism of her hosting abilities after Episode 2 of this season’s Dancing with the Stars, which aired Tuesday, September 22.

“I hosted the second episode of Dancing with the Stars … and, yeah, it wasn’t perfect,” Banks said, as she spoke directly to the camera.

“Yeah, I had a lot of fun but I messed up, I said the wrong words, but I kept, kept going.”

In the video, Banks compared her hosting slipup to the experience of DWTS contestant Skai Jackson, who almost took a tumble during her samba with partner Alan Bersten.

“She got back up, and she kept going, and because of that she’s here for another week,” the host said.

“So the message is: I messed up this week, Skai messed up this week, but we’re gonna keep on going and going. Forgive yourself when you mess up and keep going.”

The America’s Next Top Model alum left a motivational message in the caption of the video.

“Get back up again. Always,” she urged viewers.

Tyra Banks attends the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Red Carpet at NASA Ames Research Center on November 03, 2019 in Mountain View, California.
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As Us Weekly covered, fans were shocked when ABC announced it was replacing longtime Dancing with the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews with Banks for Season 29 of the popular televised dance competition. Banks knew she had big shoes to fill, according to the publication, when fronting what she described as “one of the top-rated shows in the world.”

On September 4, Banks told the news outlet she intended to respect the stage that Bergeron and Andrews had set and then add her own “icing.” She explained that while she felt confident she would be able to achieve that, she did see it as a challenge.

“I don’t back away from challenges,” she added.

At the time, the presenter also noted she was not worried about any mishaps that might take place during a live show, according to the news source, as she loves when something wrong happens “because the world can see, like, the imperfection.”

This came after Bergeron was hailed a class act on Instagram after he refused to denigrate Banks after she was chosen to replace him as host. The former ABC star had spent the day in a smash room, and one of his fans asked him if he would throw bottles at a poster of the supermodel. Bergeron replied that he would not.

“Nothing against Tyra,” he wrote, which caused his followers to reply to his comment and describe him as a “class act” for refusing to hit out at his replacement.