Following in the footsteps of her talk-show idol, Oprah Winfrey, model Tyra Banks has announced that she’s ending her own daytime series.
The Tyra Banks Show has been on the air for five seasons, since September 2005. It began its run in syndication and then, last season, switched to the CW network last fall.
Banks revealed the plans to end the Tyra show this week and, on her website, wrote ” Hey there. I want to share some news with you. This will be the last season of The Tyra Show. I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years. The thing is, The Tyra Show is not leaving because of YOU. Most times, a show leaves the air because not many people are watching. Well, you all ARE watching, in record numbers. You must know this love and support is always felt by me and it’s given me the courage to take more exciting steps in my life. So I thank you for that.”
Banks says she plans to devote more time to new projects and making movies via Bankable, her New York-based film production company. In her website statement, Banks noted the changes in the way that content is being produced for the entertainment industry and that she wants to take advantage of the new opportunities.
Banks also paid homage to “the ultimate Queen of Talk,” Oprah Winfrey. She publicly thanked Winfrey for giving her a shot in daytime television and wrote, “You have had, and continue to have, such an amazing impact on me. I salute you.”
Production on The Tyra Banks Show will continue until spring 2010. The show won’t be leaving the airwaves any time soon however.
Tyra currently occupies two hours on the CW weekday afternoon schedule. A repeat airs at 3pm with a new installment running at 4pm. Next season, the network is returning the 4pm hour to local affiliates to program and The Best of Tyra will be run at 3pm for the 2010-11 season.
What do you think? Will you be sorry to see Tyra go?
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