The World Poker Tour has seen another hostess come and go. Layla Kayleigh, who joined the WPT at the beginning of Season VI to provide show introductions and occasional final table player interviews, will not be returning for Season VII.
Whether it was Kayleigh’s decision or that of the World Poker Tour, and as to what prompted the decision, is not being released. When the news leaked on Monday, May 12th, the WPT was asked for a statement and released the following:
“Layla Kayleigh brought great edge, wit, and personality to the World Poker Tour as hostess in Season VI, and we sincerely wish her well as she continues to explore her TV career. We are currently casting for the Season VII TV hostess role, and look forward to introducing her to everyone soon.”
Kayleigh has been serving as the backstage correspondent for the MTV production of Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew, which has been a surprise hit in its first season. She is also said to be negotiating several other hosting and acting roles.
The departure of Kayleigh from the WPT after only one season follows a trend that has lasted for several seasons. After the ever-popular Shana Hiatt served as the hostess for the first three seasons, she left under tense conditions and a subsequent lawsuit that she filed against the WPT regarding contractual obligations. Courtney Friel replaced Hiatt as the Season IV hostess, but she never seemed to connect with fans or players. Sabina Gadecki took over for the Season V shows, and despite the fact that she seemed to be very much a player favorite, having befriended numerous poker pros and become a part of the poker community, she was surprisingly let go by the WPT.
Fans of the WPT will continue to see Kayleigh hosting the remainder of the Season VI shows as they appear on GSN, but when players head to the Bellagio Cup in Las Vegas for the first event of the show’s seventh season, they will see a new hostess. Speculation runs rampant as to who that will be, as some predict it will be the current WPT video hostess Kimberly Lansing. More information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead as decisions are currently being made at the WPT offices.