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The Tyra Banks Show: Tyra Says Goodbye in the Last Episode

Tyra BanksIt’s still unclear whether The Tyra Banks Show was cancelled or if the host decided to call it quits, or a combination of both. In any case, Tyra Banks has said goodbye to her daytime audience.

The last episode of her TV show is essentially a clip show of Banks’ favorite moments from the five years of episodes. Among the clips are Tyra pretending to be a homeless person, a senior citizen, and in a fat suit. Interview highlights include those with Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barak Obama. Of the latter, she told People, “I was so nervous, sick to my stomach and my hands were shaking… I asked him to look into the crystal ball and said, ‘What do you see in your future, Senator?’ And without hesitation he replied, ‘The White House.’ That clip ran on CNN and every national morning show. I’ll never forget being a part of political history.”

Saying goodbye was a tearful experience for Banks. In the final moments of The Tyra Banks Show, she thanked her staff, guests, and audience. She also took time to promote her many upcoming projects, including movie production and writing a series of fiction books about life in Modeland.

Sitting next to her two Emmy awards, Banks told her audience, “So this is it, the very final moments of the final Tyra Banks Show. I want to thank my crew and the staff here at the Tyra show. I have had some of the most amazing crew. We were talking the other day about how we’re a family here. Like five years is longer than high school. You know high school is four years. We’ve been here five years. And we were together another year before we even aired. So we’ve been together six years and I want to thank you guys so much. You guys kick ass. You rock. You have dedicated your life to this show. A lot of you guys picked up your lives and moved to New York City for this show. Thank you. I thank you so much. And we are going to party hard tonight. Y’all gonna get drunk, I know. Just don’t drive. We’re gonna have fun.”

“Also, I want to thank the guests because, when people come on talk shows, don’t you ever wonder ‘Why the hell are they saying this? Why are they sharing their most inner-most thoughts?’ But, their willingness to share allows others to heal because it makes us not feel alone. Like ‘Oh my God, they have that problem? Thank God, I know I’m not alone, I’m not the only one.’ I thank them for sitting on this couch with me, thousands of guests, and sharing their stories.”

Banks continued, “I also want to thank the viewers, I mean, we would not be the number one talk show with women 18-34 if not for you guys. You know, I want to thank you so much. And you know what I really want to thank you for? (starting to cry) I started this talk show as a model and people told me, ‘You know, you walk down the runway for a living. You’ve taken pictures for a living and yeah, you created that little model show but that’s what you do. People aren’t going to take you seriously.’ (crying) And I had journalists tell me that this show would be cancelled in two weeks. And, it’s five years and it’s two Emmys. And we are still super-strong and still consistently number one with women 18-34. And I want to thank you for that. You gave me a chance.”

“Lots of people ask me ‘Tyra, what projects are you the most proud of?’ And I can’t really say that there’s any one project because what I’m the most proud of, personally, selfishly, is to be able to transition from being just this model to what you guys have allowed me to be. Thank you and I am humble because you’ve allowed me to live my dream.”

“It’s really important for me that people understand that this is not the end. This is the beginning. I left modeling years ago and I was at the top of my career and the company that I left, they wanted me to stay. My ass was bigger than anybody else’s ass. You know, there were certain journalists who said, ‘Your ass is too big’ but they still wanted me to stay but I wanted to leave because I wanted to leave on top. Like an athlete who leaves on top after a championship, that’s what I did with modeling. It’s the same with the Tyra show. It’s been five amazing years with two Emmys, with the best talk show and a bunch of Emmys that we don’t really even talk about — best make-up, best lights, best this, that. We have so much amazing success but sometimes you gotta leave when you’re on top.”

Wrapping things up, Banks said, “And I hope, what the future holds, for me and my company, and plan to share with you guys. I pray and hope and I ask that you follow me on this journey because the Tyra show has been such a beautiful platform and it has allowed me to come to you, and speak to you and share my journey as well as so many other people’s journey. I just really want you to know that this is just the beginning and not the end. And I want to tell you that I love you so much. So, so much.”

“Many, many years ago, I retired from the runway. But, I have my Tyra show runway that I walk out on every single day. And so, with you, I’m sharing my final runway walk on the Tyra show runway.”

Banks blows kisses to the audience as they cheer, and walks to her runway. Banks kneels down and then goes even further down, into a push-up, so she can kiss the floor in her short dress. The host gets up, waves goodbye and walks out the studio doors for the last time.

What do you think? Are you sorry to see Banks leave daytime? Will you follow her new projects?

 

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Anonymous March 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I was watching a Tyra show and I told my 15 yr old that it was a repeat episode. She told me that Tyra was not going to have any new shows any more. I was shocked. I said no way and she said yes it was true. I still didn’t believe her. She said to google it. So I got on the internet and Bing was on my computer when I brought up msn so I put the question on there and sure enough it said that u r not going to have any new shows. I was soooo disappointed. Wish u were going to be back but I hope u go on to do bigger and better things.

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Anonymous September 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Thank god!!! The damn show was absolutely horrible! All she ever talk about was herself and everything around her. And talk about her Top Model, when did we ever see any of the winners in anything? No magazine covers, no commercials, etc. Nothing! Tyra, why don’t you just admit the fact that your show got canceled? And it wasn’t your idea to leave.

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tony bernardini August 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm

For whatever reason, I’m glad it’s gone. If they could cancel Bonnie Hunt, which is a large miscarrage of justice, then this garbage filled hour is not needed on TV

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evelyn August 27, 2010 at 9:53 am

ahh, i freakingggg love trya (: she is a wonderful amazing woman !!!

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Anonymous August 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

I admire Tyra’s effort but the show was HORRIBLE! I watched the first couple seasons then I couldn’t take it any longer. She doesn’t have what it takes to be a talk show host. She seemed completely lacked originality and extremely hypocritical…..Definitely not an Oprah!

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helen June 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I loved this show, I wish it hadn’t ended. I am excited for her next projects though.

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lilkunta June 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I was one who was like what, a tv show? She had a few eps, then she too showed trash like the rest. Im in disbelief she wont 2 informative emmys”.

I think when she moved from syndiaction to justt the CW is when she died. Unsurprisingly, then she got cancelled. I feel tyra was cancelled, she didnt “end her show bc oprah was ending ehr show”. for T to think she is on O’s level is bullshit.

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bertha June 4, 2010 at 12:11 am

i am so sad. i just got through watching her finale. I had no idea it was the last show and I am really sad. I wish nothing but the best for Tyra. I just love her she is a beautiful person on the inside as she is on the outside and you can clearly see that by watching her show. She is an insiration to woman of all colors, sizes, and shapes. She did her thing and she did it well! Love you Tyra!

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MEL June 1, 2010 at 9:59 am

We can see the video?

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Anonymous June 1, 2010 at 5:44 am

i am really sad that the tyra show is at an end but i know that tyra made the best decision. even though its going to be kinda weird not watching the tyra show during the week at 3 and 4 im definitely going to be supporting her in everything that she does. shes like the older sister that i never had. i expecially can not wait for the modeland book series. &&i kno its gonna be so DOPE because Tyra is Da Best!!!!!

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Maureen Chitters May 31, 2010 at 7:17 am

Thank you for being so real, for making such a difference to so many people. Lucky for us South Africa is very far behind, so we will still see you. Today’s shows has psycic twins Treey and Linda, and I would really like to ask them something. Can you please give me thier contact details. On the show they mentioned their web site, but I probably didn’t hear correctly, because I’m having no luck with it.

I will certainly be interested in following what you do in the future.
Best wishes
Maureen Chitters

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Chuck May 31, 2010 at 3:17 am

I give Ms Banks a lot of Props, because she did succeed in achieving her dream. She touched the lives of her target audience, and those outside her target audience by speaking on topics that are effecting their lives. She was on point with the serious topics, and she cut it up with the playful topics with her own personality shining through. For some reason, there are people that hate on her for that. Oh well, to each their own.

To comment on your opening statement that it’s unclear if the Tyra Show was canceled or not, if it was canceled, it’s not because of unpopularity, cause the CW (according to TV Guide) still has 2 hours slated this week for her show to air in re-runs.

I for one am wishing the very best, and much success for Ms Banks in her new endeavors. LOVE U MUCH, Tyty!!!!

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Em May 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm

The show was cancelled this past Friday, May 28th. She shared that she’s going to focus on writing books, such as Modeland, her first book. And I heard a rumor that she’s going to be concentrating more on America’s Next Top Model, but i don’t know if that’s true. Needless to say, i’m going to miss her show much!..but i’m really looking forward to what she’ll be doing in the future, she’s great I love her!

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jenny May 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm

tyra is my inspiration my role model my hero i am extemely sad the show is going to end but i know she will do something even more amazing and whatever it is iwill love to see what it is although i am only 11 years old and i dont understand everything i know tyra will make everything better if i could meet her it will complete my uncompleted dream i love how tyra is she is crazy funny and the most amazing person i have ever seen on tv she gives me confidence understanding and love for myself tyra if you read this coment i want to tell you that you changed the world and that i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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toinette gaston May 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

when did the show cancel and why?

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admin May 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

@toinette gaston: Take a look at the links at the top of the story.

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