Tyra Banks Denies Banning Housewives from DWTS After Bethenny Frankel Callout
After former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel alleged in a since-deleted tweet (captured by Page Six) that the model and DWTS host had "clumped me in her no more housewives mandate on @DancingABC," Banks' publicist Elana Rose said in a statement to Page Six that the claim was "100 percent untrue."
"She's a huge fan of the Housewives and everyone knows Tyra is a businesswoman first," Rose added in her Thursday statement to the outlet. "As a businesswoman, why would she say anything against the 'Housewives'? She has nothing to do with casting."
She went on to say that Banks, 46, "loves Andy [Cohen]" and has "been on Watch What Happens Live several times. Furthermore, Rose claims that the America's Next Top Model alum "just tried to get one of her really good friends on the Housewives! She watches the shows. She loves them."
Rose did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
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Frankel's original tweet, which was quickly deleted after being posted Thursday morning, read, "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 ❤️ 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," concluded the Skinnygirl mogul, 49.
She also invited Banks to come on her Just B with Bethenny Frankel podcast: "She is welcome anytime as she has built a successful brand on her own in her own way."
Banks replaced hosts Tom Bergeron (who had been on the show for 15 years) and Erin Andrews (who joined in 2014) on the current season of DWTS. Speaking to reporters on Sept. 30 during Day 2 of ABC's virtual fall press day, executive producer Andrew Llinares said the ABC series changeup is "all about evolution."
"Any show like this that has been on for many, many seasons needs to continue to evolve," Llinares said, per Entertainment Tonight. "So I think changing that host is all about evolution."
He added, "It was all about making the show feel fresh, making it feel new and make it reach out to a new audience — as well as the audience that's been there for years."
Past Housewives who have appeared on DWTS over the years include The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Rinna and Erika Girardi. The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members Kim Fields, NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak-Biermann have also competed on the dancing-competition series.