I’m kind of “meh” on this story, probably because Tyra Banks plucks my last nerve, and thus, I avoid anything with her. So, Tyra announced today that this current season of The Tyra Banks Show (Tyra’s daytime talk show) will be her last. Tyra will now spend her time concentrating on “reaching more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are.” Really? Tyra is going to help me be fierce? No thank you, I don’t want an ugly weave. Also, what about her dream of becoming the next Oprah? Doesn’t Tyra need to spend several more years telling people to kiss her ass and focusing on the oft-ignored problem of baby-daddy drama?
After five seasons, two Daytime Emmy awards and too many girl-power episodes to count, Tyra Banks is announcing the end of The Tyra Show.
“This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.”
Wrapping at the end of its fifth season in the spring of 2010, it will be lights out for the show that brought viewers memorable weave-exposing, cellulite-revealing and tear-jerking moments.
Banks will focus on the launch of Bankable Studios, a N.Y.-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects. Sticking to her mission, Banks aims to bring “positive images of women to the big screen,” says an industry insider.
“My next huge steps will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are,” Banks says.
Adds the insider: “Tyra is sad because she’ll be missing so much of the daily connection to her viewers, but excited at the same time to be taking on a new challenge.”
With encouragement from filmmaker Tyler Perry and longtime mentor Oprah Winfrey, Banks is “redefining beauty for women in film,” adds the source. “With Oprah’s big announcement this year, I think that gave Tyra the confidence to get out there and follow her longtime dream of film producing.”
But fashion fiends worry not. America’s Next Top Model is slated to return for its 15th season in February along with Banks’s ABC show True Beauty.
“There’s a lot cooking right now and a lot of fire burning in my heart,” Banks writes in an open letter on her Web site. “And I salute you my amazing family of viewers; without you there never would have been a Tyra Show. I really love you all.”
[From People Magazine]
See? Isn’t it kind of “meh”? Then again, I don’t watch daytime television. Sniff! But seriously, I can’t say I’ve ever really caught a Tyra show, I’ve only seen clips on Talk Soup and online. I’m aware that Tyra has tried to do some Oprah-type things with her show, like interviewing Hillary Clinton and that kind of stuff, but isn’t the show basically like a slightly more highbrow Jerry Springer show?