“Dancing With the Stars has found a new co-host: Julianne Hough, ABC announced Monday.
Already a vet of the reality competition series, Hough will take the co-hosting mic for Season 32. Joining her will be Alfonso Ribeiro (of “America’s Funniest Home Videos”), who has been promoted to the show’s emcee. Julianne Hough will assume Ribeiro’s former role interviewing the dancers after their performances.
Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough are also set to return.
Hough joins “DWTS” after former host Banks announced her departure from the program Friday.
First appearing on “DWTS” as a pro dancer in 2007, Hough won Season 4 and Season 5 with partners Apolo Anton Ohno and Hélio Castroneves, respectively. Leaving the series in 2009 to pursue other project, she returned as a judge in 2014–2017 and appeared as a guest judge in 2021.
Other acting credits from the Emmy Award-winning Hough are “Safe Haven” opposite Josh Duhamel, “Footloose” with Kenny Wormald and Dennis Quaid and “Rock of Ages” with Tom Cruise, among others. She most recently made her Broadway debut in as the scene-stealing mistress in political comedy “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive.” Elsewhere in reality TV, she was a judge on Season 14 of “America’s Got Talent.” She is also the founder of Canary House Productions and co-owner of Fresh Vine Wine, a collection of premium, naturally low-carb and low-calorie wines.
“Dancing With the Stars” will return with Season 32 this fall on Disney+ and is produced by BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, marking its second year shifting from ABC primetime the Walt Disney Company streamer.
A previous version of this article mistakenly reported that Hough would be replacing Banks’ role as emcee/host. TheWrap regrets the error.