Tyra Banks says goodbye to daytime TV [Updated]
The supermodel-turned-TV-tycoon will end her talk show after this season.
“The Tyra Banks Show,” which has won two Daytime Emmys and is currently in its fifth season, will wrap in the spring. Banks will shift her concentration to Bankable Studios, a New York-based film production company.
“As many of you know, several years ago I made the decision to leave modeling -- at the height of my modeling career -- and although it was the most terrifying move, it was the BEST decision and led to me fulfilling some big lifelong dreams,” Banks said in a statement to fans on her website. “Now, I'm a bit nervous and excited for my next HUGE steps which will allow me to reach MORE women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are!
The announcement of her exit from daytime TV, first reported on People.com, comes on the heels -- no pun intended -- of the announcement by her longtime mentor, Oprah Winfrey, that she’ll leave her daytime post in 2011 to focus on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
[Updated at 1:51 p.m.: Most devastated by the announcement are probably the folks over at "The Soup." Clips from "The Tyra Banks Show" are a prominent feature on the weekly E! series, which pokes fun at the goings-on in pop culture.
“We’ll find a way to fill the hole," said K.P. Anderson, executive producer and head writer for "The Soup." "We lost [Tony] Danza and we moved on. Maybe she felt all the people watching daytime TV were as fierce as they could be and it was time to move on. We’ll miss the times when she really, really, really, firmly believed she had something to relate to the rest of the world. That show is a great clip source … and it absolutely helped contribute to our success. “
He added that “some form of tribute” on “The Soup” would only make sense when the show wraps production.
But the pop culture recap source won't be totally Tyra-free. There's still that "other" Tyra show.]Banks will continue her venture in reality TV as “America’s Next Top Model” enters its 14th season.
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Tyra Banks. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times