“Dancing with the Stars” Announces Cohost

Alfonso Ribeiro is joining Tyra Banks as cohost for the show’s 31st season

Alfonso Ribeiro posing with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse mascots during an event for the “Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration.” Photo courtesy of Alfonso Ribeiro.
Alfonso Ribeiro (left) and Tyra Banks (right) on a screen grab from a “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” episode which Tyra Banks posted on Instagram to accompany her announcement of Alfonso Ribeiro’s “Dancing with the Stars” cohosting gig. Photo courtesy of Tyra Banks.

“Dancing with the Stars” announced yesterday that Alfonso Ribeiro will be joining the show’s next season as cohost. Tyra Banks, who took the hosting helm from Tom Bergeron and who has been the show’s main host since 2020, took to Instagram to make the announcement. “I love Dancing with the Stars so much. This season I asked for a front row seat,” Ribeiro said in a video that accompanied the show’s announcement in Instagram. “I am so excited to be the new cohost of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m as excited as all of you to see this season’s contestants compete for the Mirrorball.” Meanwhile, Tyra Banks posted a photo of her and Ribeiro with a grabbed photo from an episode of the ’90s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” “So excited to finally reveal this! I’m reuniting with a very special someone I worked with when I was just 19 years old!” her post reads. “I can’t wait to stream live & have crazy fun w/ him!”

However, fans of the show will not be seeing their favorite stars dance on ABC. Disney decided to stream “Dancing with the Stars” exclusively through their own Disney+ service. The media giant also confirmed that they will no longer air reruns in ABC where the show has aired for 30 seasons. “‘Dancing with the Stars’ has entertained fans for 16 years on ABC, and we are excited to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform’s first-ever live series,” Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, told Variety. “The show’s broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ while continuing to expand our demographic reach.”

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