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Tyra Banks says accusations she wants to ban cast members of the Real Housewives franchise from appearing on Dancing With The Stars are ‘100 percent untrue.’
The model’s her 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?’ adding, ‘She has nothing to do with casting.’
Page Six was also told Tyra ‘just tried to get one of her really good friends on the Housewives! She watches the shows. She loves them.’
Banks does have friends in the Bravo world. Eva Marcielle was discovered on America’s Next Top Model and she modeled with Cynthia Bailey.
Rose went on, saying: ‘She loves Andy [Cohen]. She’s been on Watch What Happens Live several times. She’s a huge fan of the Clubhouse.’
Yesterday Frankel, 49, hit out at Tyra, 46, after a report from OK! emerged claiming the new DWTS host no longer wanted stars from the Real Housewives franchise appearing on the show, and only wanted to book them as a last resort.
Frankel, one of the longest-running stars from RHONY, appeared to take offense, and took to Twitter to express her displeasure, where she also claimed she had been asked multiple times to appear on the show.
‘Good to know @tyrabanks has clumped me in her no more housewives mandate on @DancingABC Also good to know – their casting director Deena, who I (heart emoji) has asked me to be on that show multiple x in the last decade. I’m also no longer a housewife, but nobody is bigger than the game Tyra.’
However, out of respect for DWTS casting director Deena Katz, Bethenny deleted the tweet.
‘I deleted the last post Bc I really like & have a great relationship with Deena Katz from #DWTS. If @tyrabanks wants to come on my podcast, she is welcome anytime as she has built a successful brand on her own in her own way. #justbebethenny,’ she tweeeted.
Numerous stars from the hit Bravo franchise chronicling the lives of affluent women in various big cities have appeared on DWTS.
Lisa Vanderpump, NeNe Leakes, and Kim Zolciak-Biermann are just four of the numerous stars to compete on the show. Even Lisa Rinna appeared on the show, but long before she joined the cast of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
Eva Marcielle Sterling, who stars on The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, actually got her big break winning season three of Tyra’s competition show, America’s Next Top Model.
The report from OK! claims Tyra no longer wanted to book Housewives on DWTS because she allegedly feels they don’t bring in ratings.
‘Tyra is the new boss and made it clear that she didn’t want any more Housewives in her ballroom,’ a source said. ‘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 continued.
‘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.’
Tyra became the new host of Dancing With The Stars This year, taking over for long-time hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
However, since the show’s premiere in September, Tyra has already made a serious gaffe after incorrectly announcing the bottom two on live television.
‘This is live TV, right?’ Tyra covered. ‘This is the craziness of live TV.’