Tyra Banks is ending her CW-based talk show after its fifth season.
The supermodel and “America’s Next Top Model” host made the announcement on her website on Monday (Dec. 28) morning.
“Most times, a show leaves the air because not many people are watching,” Banks writes. “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.”
Of her future, Banks continues, “There’s a lot cooking right now and a lot of fire burning in my heart, and for years, I’ve been working on the next big ideas and new ways to reach out to you. Besides continuing full speed with ‘America’s Next Top Model’ (which starts it’s [sic] 15th season), ‘True Beauty’ (which is in its second season), and Tyra.com, this year I’ll be unveiling some HUGE surprises from me and my company Bankable – new out-of-the-box projects. And I’m incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be launching Bankable Studios soon, which means my company will be making MOVIES!!! And what I love about creating new projects is that it also creates new jobs for talented people, in front of and behind the camera.”
So yeah. Banks is excited about the future, though several non-Tyra media reports spun the decision to end the formerly syndicated “The Tyra Banks Show” as much less her idea and much more of a statement on the nature of the talk show business at the moment.
Banks, who won multiple Daytime Emmys as part of the show’s production team, took time out in her exit letter to pay tribute to another talk show icon who recently announced the end of her talk show run.
“Before I go, I have to pay homage to the ultimate Queen of Talk, Oprah, who made a huge impact on my life by giving me my first shot in daytime TV,” Banks wrote. “We all know she announced that her last year with her talk show will be in the 2010-2011 season. We will all miss her show so much. And to you Oprah: You have had, and continue to have, such an amazing impact on me. I salute you.”