*A report in Life & Style suggests trouble in “ANTM” land.
Executive producer and former host Tyra Banks handed ringmaster duties to Rita Ora for the just-wrapped 23rd cycle on VH1. But according to the outlet, the former supermodel has been less than impressed with Ora’s command of the show:
Via Life & Style:
A source told Life & Style that though Tyra initially said last year that Rita is the “perfect” host for the popular series, the 26-year-old was not as ready for the position as Tyra anticipated.
“There was hope that Rita would revive ANTM’s ratings” for the 23rd season, “but after a promising start, the numbers dwindled.”
And when Tyra, who remains as the executive producer, found out about the reason behind the sliding rating could be partially Rita’s fault, as she was “sometimes unprepared,” said an insider, Tyra “was furious.”
A VH1 rep told Life & Style that Rita is “a total pro” and they are “thrilled to have partnered with her.”
We’ll know if that’s really true if Ora is back as host, should “ANTM” be renewed for a Cycle 24.