DWTS's Tyra Banks shuts down ice cream store Smize Cream as she 'may not return to host show next season'

TYRA Banks has shut down her ice cream store Smize Cream – amid rumors she may not return to host DWTS next season.

The former model, 48, revealed her venture's Santa Monica location has closed down – just four months after it opened.

The company announced the closure in a statement on Instagram: "Wassup SMiZE Cream fam!

"Our Santa Monica, California store location will be closed as we work to announce exciting new plans!

"Can't wait to share more, so stay tuned. In the meantime, visit us at smizecream.com and Dig, Baby, Dig!"

People can still order online via GoldBelly and the location in Santa Monica Place appears to be open but with limited hours.

Tyra opened the store on July 3, with the name Smize Cream referring to "smizing" – the term she came up with to describe smiling with your eyes.

The store's shutdown comes after The Sun exclusively revealed Tyra may not return as the host for Dancing With the Stars.

Execs are searching for an A-list celebrity to replace her amid the show’s ratings plummet, a source explained.

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In light of the past season’s low ratings, DWTS will not return to its twice annual broadcast next year.

A source exclusively told The Sun that Tyra and show executives will meet with ABC bosses in the New Year to "map out 2022.”

It’s believed that some production staff is uncertain whether Tyra will return as host.

While some fans may not like the America’s Next Top Model alum as host, network bosses are more focused on "signing at least one major star" to reignite the audience's love for DWTS.


The source claimed senior executives within the BBC Studios LA have been tasked with finding "at least one or ideally two major household names that fascinate fans.”

Their brief is to "think big" and lure "an Oscar, Emmy or Grammy-winning star, who will make headlines on and off-screen."

DWTS has not yet officially been renewed, though the production team workers expect to be there for season 31.

Fans have been vocal about not liking Tyra as host ever since she took over the job last season.

During season 30, Tyra was ripped for "shoving" Olivia Jade offstage after she was eliminated.

Olivia, 22, and fellow contestant Jimmie Allen, 36, were left devastated when they were both booted off the show earlier this month.

DWTS fans were furious with how Tyra handled their exit, claiming she "shooed" Olivia and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy offstage.


Weeks earlier, Tyra was called out for embarrassing Suni Lee for rushing offstage to vomit after her performance.

After Suni and her partner Sasha Farber performed, the gymnast rushed off stage as Tyra was left to explain the situation.

She said: “Suni is not feeling so good. Not Covid! Not Covid at all! But she's not feeling well so she danced sick and she had to leave. But she's okay!”

Suni returned to the stage for the relay dances, though Tyra once again focused on the awkward moment.

Tyra told the athlete: "Suni, I got to ask you. I know you've been struggling all day and, like, dude is like, you're throwing up. This is live TV and you ran off!”

The model was slammed for repeatedly pointing out that Suni had thrown up, instead of tactfully brushing over it to save the teen from further embarrassment.

More recently, the host was called out by fans for "taking too long" to announce Iman Shumpert as the season's winner during the finale.

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