Tyra Banks Pulls An Oprah, Ending Talk Show After This Season

December 28th, 2009 // 1 Comment

We have always known that Tyra Banks has idolized Oprah Winfrey but quitting her talk show is taking things a little too far.

After five excruciating seasons, two Daytime Emmy awards, Tyra Banks is announcing the end of The Tyra Show.

“This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks told People. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.”

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.”

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.”

Consider yourself blessed that there will be less daily Tyra Banks in the near future.

More Tyra Banks news and photos:

Kimora Lee Simmons Returns To Judge ‘Top Model’
Who’s Embarrassed That She’s Not Wearing Makeup?
Tyra Banks And Her Smiling Technicolor Eyes

By Miu von Furstenberg
  1. traci wilcox

    I hate to see the talk show go as you are such an inspiration to many especially young women. I do want to comment on your show airing on oxygen 3/2/2010/or in my case (where I live) 3/3/20010. I loved the show but was perplexed after all the talk about body shapes sizes diversity, ect. you actually had on the guru from the insanity video. As a person wno was very active and know have had 16 back surgeries, I could not believe that you showed someone with such an intensive woekout when not only myself but most of the women who were on your show could never do those exercises. They were NOT for real women. As much as I love your show and sorry to see it end I am still confused about this show. Thanks for a response.

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