‘They have to be angry at somebody’: Tyra Banks accepts viewer ire over ‘bumpy’ ‘DWTS’ elimination

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The « Dancing with the Stars » host tells USA TODAY she believes Monday’s elimination mishap was due to a computer error.

But that’s not stopping her from bearing the brunt of the blame for incorrectly announcing that Monica Aldama, the coach from the Netflix series « Cheer, » and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy were safe – prematurely, as it turns out. They were quickly revealed to be in the bottom two, along with actress Anne Heche and pro Keo Motsepe, who were eventually sent home. (The bottom two are determined using a combination of the judges’ scores and votes from viewers.)

« In the end, the ending was correct. However, the journey was bumpy, based on some technical stuff, » Banks says. « But the world doesn’t see that. The world sees only me. They don’t know that there are computers and that there are technical people. They only see me. They don’t hear the chaos in my ear and how I have to manage it and smooth it out. »

And the Twitter critics took aim, some making a call for the show’s former hosts, Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, to return.

« Paging @ErinAndrews @Tom_Bergeron, » user @luckystars00 posted. « PLEASE COME BACK to @DancingABC. Tonight’s results was a dumpster fire… »

The viewers « only see me, and so they say, ‘Tyra did something wrong,' » she says. « I didn’t do anything wrong, but to them I did. And that is the perception that, as a host, you have to live with. »

« They have to be angry at somebody, » she says. « I even told the team today on the group call, I was like, ‘They’re gonna be mad at me and, you guys, I’m taking it for the team. It is what it is. »

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« My mind was calm, what my ears were hearing was not, » she says with a laugh. « I feel super comfortable in this element knowing that things – not may – will go wrong. »

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Banks remembers the words of Warner Bros.’ late television executive Jim Paratore, who first approached her about being a talk show host. (« The Tyra Banks Show » debuted in 2005 and ran for five seasons.)

« After I was hosting for a while he said, ‘You know, Tyra, I don’t have you here because you can handle when all the things go right – when you have a guest that’s talkative and funny, or deep or enlightening,' » she recalls. « ‘I have you here for when things go wrong because I know you can handle that. That’s why I chose you.’ And that’s what was happening (Monday) night.

« There was a lot going wrong, » she continues, « and it is my job to not have everyone at home feel as frenetic as it actually is. You guys saw some of it, but you have no idea (laughs) what was really happening. »

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/10/06/dancing-stars-dwts-tyra-banks-monday-elimination/5900248002/

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