Earlier this week, reports began to circulate that Tyra Banks had banned women who have appeared on the Bravo franchise the “Real Housewives” from competing on “Dancing With The Stars,” which the supermodel serves as host and executive producer of. Now, Banks is firing back to claim that these reports are untrue.
“This is 100 percent untrue,” the 46 year-old supermodel’s longtime publicist Elana Rose of the Rose Group told Page Six. “She’s a huge fan of the ‘Housewives’ and everyone knows Tyra is a businesswoman first. As a businesswoman, why would she say anything against the ‘Housewives’? She has nothing to do with casting.”
She added that Banks even “just tried to get one of her really good friends on the ‘Housewives!’ She watches the shows. She loves them.”
Rose went on to say that Banks is a huge Bravo fan.
“She loves Andy [Cohen],” the publicist said. “She’s been on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ several times. She’s a huge fan of the Clubhouse.”
This comes after a source told OK! Magazine that after Banks took over as host and executive producer on “Dancing With The Stars” this season, she immediately banned women from the “Real Housewives” franchise from competing.
“Tyra is the new boss and made it clear that she didn’t want any more Housewives in her ballroom,” the insider claimed. “She thinks the show needs to aim higher and only book the ladies after everyone else has passed. Several ladies from the Bravo franchise have already made it clear that they would love to put on their dancing shoes, but Tyra doesn’t want any of them right now.”
“Tyra has never been a fan of the Housewives, but the real reason she doesn’t want them on her show is that Bethenny Frankel, NeNe Leakes and Teresa Giudice do not make headlines anymore,” the source added. “Tyra wants reality stars like Carole Baskin from Tiger King — not a decade-old franchise that no one talks about anymore. If Tyra thought for one minute that the Housewives would get her show ratings, she would welcome them to the dance floor in a second.”