Last week, we reported that “Dancing With The Stars” host Tyra Banks had botched the season’s third elimination by mistakenly declaring one of the bottom two couples as safe. On last night’s episode, Banks once again tried to shirk the blame for what happened by blaming the control room instead of taking responsibility herself.
On the night of the mistake, Banks denied that she was at fault, instead saying, “I was reading my cards, but my cards were wrong.” She doubled down on this last night.
“We wanted to clear something up that happened last week while we were announcing the results,” Banks said as she opened Monday’s show, according to Yahoo News. “What you did not see was that a technical issue behind the scenes caused the names on my cards to be listed incorrectly. But we carried on and the correct results were given, and that’s what you did see, and that is what matters.”
This explanation appeared to quickly backfire on Banks, however, as fans did not seem to buy it.
— Tori Burns (@tarheeltori) October 13, 2020
Do you blame Tyra Banks for the mistake with the Bottom 2 last week?
— Max Powers (@MaxPowers44) October 13, 2020
@DancingABC @tyrabanks Tyra comes out dressed like a Jiffy Pop Popcorn:). She still doesn’t understand that the show is NOT about her until she threw everyone else under the bus but herself about last week. How pathetic!!
— Hoyt Lin (@Lin_H65) October 13, 2020
I wonder if Tyra realizes she’s not the star of #DWTS…? The runway entrance walk, the “banter”… even addressing AGAIN about the awkward mix-up last week. May not be her fault but it’s equally awkward to keep mentioning it. I miss Tom and Erin.
— Michele (@JustALilLost) October 13, 2020
After the elimination mistake last week, fans called for Banks to be fired and for Tom Bergeron to be brought back as host. Bergeron and his cohost Erin Andrews were abruptly fired from the show back in July, much to the shock and dismay of fans.
“Bring them back!!!!” one fan tweeted. “Tom wouldn’t have screwed up!!!!!!#DWTS you guys ruin a good things by letting go the real hosts they had chemistry. Tyra just pulled a Steve Harvey.”
“Maybe if Tyra didn’t talk so much she wouldn’t have to RUSH the elimination #DWTS,” another fan added, with a third writing, “DWTS. Please bring back Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Tyra Banks sucks, no personality, all about her wardrobe! Downhill this season.”
Banks spoke out to defend herself on Monday, saying that she does not pay attention to negative criticisms.
“I know it exists, but what good does that do, participating in that?” Banks told USA Today, referring to the backlash against her. “I don’t think there’s anything really positive from that.”
However, the supermodel added that she can understand the sense of familiarity that viewers had with Bergeron’s version of “Dancing With The Stars,” which he had hosted ever since it premiered in 2005 until he was abruptly fired this past July.
“Change is hard, change is complicated, change is painful sometimes,” she said. “So I respect their challenge with change, but I also respect the multiple millions more people that are coming and watching the show with the changes too.”