When supermodel and ex Victoria's Secret angel Tyra Banks launched her talk show, 'The Tyra Banks Show', five years ago, her main aim was "to give young women the 'girlfriend' they want to hang out with and the role model they need". At the time, it had been created to replace the 'Ricki Lake Show' and was intended to offer a daytime talk show for younger women. The show has gone from strength to strength since its inception, so much so that Ms Banks even bagged another Daytime Emmy Award earlier this year for Outstanding Talk Show - pipping the likes of Dr Phil to the post.
Despite the success of the show, Banks has decided that the time has come to bid farewell in order to focus on other projects. She explained: "This will be the last season of the The Tyra Show...I've been loving having fun coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past five years." Already busy with the America's Next Top Model franchise, Banks has now decided to turn her hand to film production and has recently set up Bankable Studios, her New-York based production company. It would seem that Ms Banks already has a celebrity following in the form of filmmaker Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, who are both said to have supported the move.
Having already achieved so much with the 'Tyra Banks Show', Banks explains: "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." And all this while bringing "positive images of women to the big screen," added an inside source. But for those of you who may be feeling distraught as to when and how you will fill the Tyra void in your lives now, fear not: The 14th cycle of America's Next Top Model is due to hit our screens in February 2010, so not long to go. Until then, stay fierce!