Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Tyra Banks Announces Plans to End Talk Show

Tyra Banks’s daytime chats with movie stars and presidential candidates will soon be no more, as her self-deprecating jokes about her outsize “fivehead” brow will come to an end and her celebrated fat suit will go back into the closet for good.

In an interview with People.com, the Web site of People magazine, Ms. Banks, right, said she was ending her talk show. “This will be the last season of ‘The Tyra Show,’ ” Ms. Banks told People. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past five years.”

After its debut in 2005 “The Tyra Banks Show” quickly built a following on the strength of Ms. Banks’s celebrity as a supermodel and reality TV star, her prolific use of the word fierce and her willingness to take on potentially divisive subjects.

In November of that year she made headlines for a segment in which she donned a fat suit to look as if she weighed 350 pounds to demonstrate how she was treated differently by strangers. The show won Daytime Emmy Awards in the outstanding talk show (informative) category in 2008 and 2009.

The current season of “The Tyra Banks Show,” which is produced by Ms. Banks’s company Bankable Productions and Telepictures and is distributed by Warner Brothers, will finish production in the spring. She said she would then focus on a new film production company, Bankable Studios, and would remain involved with the CW reality show “America’s Next Top Model,” which she created and hosts, as well as the ABC reality series “True Beauty.” (www.nytimes.com)

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