The following was sent in by a reader. Are they guests or a victims?
I and 2 other females were guest, or rather ‘victims’, on one of her recently filmed episodes:
1.Â One of us, Arrived at the airport, unknown to us, an additional fee was assessed by Delta airlines…The TyraÂ Banks Credit Card would not go thru, so the fee had to be paid by the guest, with the promise of reimbursement once the plane landed in LA, and before filming.
2.Â One of us was told at the last minute (prior to boarding)Â that we would have to go straight from a 6 hour flight and straight to the studio to film, at 1 a.m in the morning.Â The thought, ‘Lack of planning on Tyra’s part, does not necessitate an emergency on my part”.
3.Â The hotel may have said ‘Hyatt’ on the outside, but definitely “Motel ’4′ “Â on the inside.Â Nor did it have a diner.Â If you wanted to eat at 2 am in the morning once you were dropped off at the dive, you had to walk several blocks to Mel’s Diner.Â Only to be informed in the morning at 9 a.m, by the ‘H’ otel staff, that were were given a $40 stipen on the room.
4.Â We were not informed that the limo had arrived to take us to the studio at 9 a.m, but were later told that we were expected to waiting in the lobby, for whenever he arrived.Â What happened to a courtesy call or knock on the door when the driver arrives?
5. No breakfast provided for the guest/victims, unless you call a rock hard bagel and equally hard apple..breakfast.
6.Â The questions we were told Tyra would ask…didn’t happen.Â As a matter of fact, she attacked 2 of the guest/victims, by describing one, on camera, as a ‘Crackhead’ (Which the guest never told her she was) and described another as the same as a ‘Whore and prostitute’, which,obviously, the guest/victim never described herself as.
7.Â Tyra places actors/models in the audience who ‘hoot’, clap, cry, grimace and cheer, on cue.
8.Â Tyra is blind as a bat, can barely read the cue cards..or maybe, she just can’t read (those pesky ‘dictionary’ words…), but, she has to have EVERYTHING mapped out, and follow it precisely.Â Any new twist in the spiel, and she has to stop tape, and be given direction by ‘real’ professionals.Â She can never be an Oprah Winfrey type, who’s skill is instinctive, but attending a University would help.
9.Â She has resorted to ‘Jerry Springer’ tactics, in that she is attempting to ambush her ‘guest/victims, in an attempt at ‘shock value’, since the ‘Video Vixen’ episode was the highest rated show she ever had, the powers that be think they’ve found Tyra’s nitch.Â Speaking of which, she introduced one of the guest/victims as a ‘Self proclaimed video vixen’….you can’t find a video this guest/victim was ever in!
10.Â Tyra has enlisted the help of PR firms in order to up her ratings.Â If you notice,Â her shows subject matters, although boring, areÂ being mentioned in magazines and news programs, as if there news-worthy.Â If you chat with the average person, not only are they not aware she has a talk show, they definitely can’t tell you the time slot it’s in because HARDLY ANYONE HAS WATCHED IT!!!
11.Â One of us, did not sign a release, allowing the show to utilize her name and likeness.Â In the event the show is aired…litigation will follow.Â A Manhattan Attorney is at the ready.Â The show was contacted via phone on Nov. 16, 2005 and informed that the show did not have written permission to air the show, and if they did, they would be sued.