“Dancing With the Stars” aired its first episode on Disney Plus on Monday, September 19, and with it came a new co-host in the form of Season 19 Mirrorball champion Alfonso Ribeiro. Fans were all over social media talking about how he was doing, with some already asking him to take over the regular solo host and have Tyra Banks removed from the show.
This is what they say:
The majority of fans seem to be very excited about Ribeiro’s addition to the show. A Reddit thread titled “Alfonso does a great job” is full of comments praising the actor and TV host for putting a lot of thought and humor into the performance.
“Tyra really needed a co-host to hold her down, and he’s fantastic,” one fan wrote in the comments, and a second added: “His presence was much needed.”
A third fan wrote: “He is doing so well. I love how genuine it seems. I’m glad they have him in the Skybox.”
“He really helps balance all of Tyra’s energy and she did much better because she doesn’t have to do all the hosting with such a strict time constraint. His humor, energy and his relativity to the participants are really great additions to the presentation of the show,” wrote a fourth fan.
The commenter who started the Reddit thread said they hope Ribeiro takes over from Banks in its entirety, writing, “I hope he ends up being the main host because he really does a lot better than Tyra.”
There are also many fans asking Ribeiro to team up with fired host Tom Bergeron, who was let go along with Erin Andrews after Season 28.
A second fan replied: “Imagine Alfonso and… [Tom] Together Bergeron! (No Tyra.) Erin Andrews too, if she wants 😊”, to which a third fan replied: “Alfonso and Tom would be a dream team!”
A fourth fan wrote, “Alfonso seems so much more capable of thinking than Tyra is, that’s the main thing that strikes me.”
“Tira[‘s] biggest problem is that she makes everything about her first, contestant second. She can’t improvise either. Alfonso is quite the opposite – he knows how to emphasize the participants and respond to what they say instead of just using the script,” wrote another fan.
“Love Alfonzo. Disney needs to untie Tyra. She’s not fit to host this show. She’s quite frankly unbearable to listen to,” wrote one viewer, to which another replied: “I hope they like him for one season. co-host so they can cut her next year and he can do things on his own or a new host, for example, let her out the door better.”
There were similar comments on Twitter about keeping Ribeiro and getting rid of Banks.
“Can we vote Tyra out and promote @alfonso_ribeiro and co-host another former contestant? Like @LindseyStirling or @kaitlynbristowe? Literally ANYONE would be better at this point,” wrote one viewer.
A quarter wrote“I saw the premiere of #DWTS and I think @alfonso_ribeiro needs a better co-host. But overall it was a fun show. I haven’t paid attention to the show for a few years, but was sucked in tonight. Tyra has to go, but Alfonso made the show that much more fun.”
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific Time on Disney Plus.
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