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Fans Call for Tyra Banks Firing After Disastrous 'Dancing with the Stars' Mistake

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While Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews used to take the lead hosting “Dancing with the Stars,” Tyra Banks was given the job this season — and some fans aren’t having it.

The 46-year-old model and actress has had a tough crowd to please, with many criticizing her hosting style and complaining that she draws too much of the focus onto herself and away from the competition and competitors.

Not one to do things by halves, Banks has taken to multiple wardrobe changes during each episode, though she said that it’s her stylist, Brendon Alexander, who’s responsible for that.

“[H]is mind is bananas,” she said, according to Parade. “He actually wants to sometimes change three times a show, and I have to slow him down.”

She had a bit of a wardrobe jumble Monday when she went to change and apparently went out on stage not quite put-together.

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“OMG!” Banks tweeted. “When I changed outfits, I wasn’t zipped up and had to hold my outfit up while introducing the next act. Live TV, y’all!”

But her other gaffe was much more noticeable and has fans calling for her removal. During the live elimination, Banks accidentally excused one of the couples on the chopping block and then realized her mistake partway through.

She initially told Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy that they were safe and could exit the stage. That left couples Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe, Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd, and Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko.

She told Heche/Motsepe and Davis/Murgatroyd that they were in the bottom two but then had to pause and re-evaluate.

“There has been an error in the control room,” she said. “This is the craziness of live TV.”

“I’m so sorry. This is live TV.”

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Apparently, Heche/Motsepe and Aldama/Chmerkovskiy were actually in the bottom two, so the couple who had been cleared had to come back on stage to face elimination — confusing and heartbreaking for two contestants who’d been celebrating their advancement.

In the end, Heche and Motsepe were eliminated from DWTS, but Banks’ faux pas won’t be easily forgotten.

Some on social media said the losing couple had been “Steve Harvey’d,” while others posted pleas to bring Bergeron back.

“Wowzers,” Banks tweeted after the flub. “Live TV. Wrong name on cards. So challenging to deal with moments like these. But we power through.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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