December 28th, 2009
Tyra Banks is still trying to follow in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey. This time she is ending her 5 year running talk show. Check out this long open letter that she posted on her official website:
â€œâ€¦This will be the last season of The Tyra Show. Iâ€™ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years. The thing is, The Tyra Show is not leaving because of YOU. Most times, a show leaves the air because not many people are watching. Well, you all ARE watching, in record numbers. You must know this love and support is always felt by me and itâ€™s given me the courage to take more exciting steps in my life. So I thank you for that.
As many of you know, several years ago I made the decision to leave modeling â€“ at the height of my modeling career â€“ and although it was the most terrifying move, it was the BEST decision and led to me fulfilling some big lifelong dreams. Now, Iâ€™m a bit nervous and excited for my next HUGE steps which will allow me to reach MORE women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are!
Thereâ€™s a lot cooking right now and a lot of fire burning in my heart, and for years, Iâ€™ve been working on the next big ideas and new ways to reach out to you. Besides continuing full speed with Americaâ€™s Next Top Model (which starts itâ€™s 15th season), True Beauty (which is in its second season), and Tyra.com, this year Iâ€™ll be unveiling some HUGE surprises from me and my company Bankable â€“ new out-of-the-box projects. And Iâ€™m incredibly excited to announce that Iâ€™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.
And if youâ€™ve been reading the papers, you know that the television world is changing! And thereâ€™s this little thing called the DIGITAL EXPLOSION thatâ€™s flipping how the old companies are doing business and how people like me can talk and vibe with you. So a few months into the new year, youâ€™ll be seeing a whole new digital Tyra.com world.
Iâ€™m so excited and I wish I could tell you about ALL of the new stuff, but there are people here with me now telling me to stop typing and keep my lips shut about our new projects! So, I willâ€¦
Of course, I am saddened that my talk show staff will be affected by these changes. We all just got together for the holidays and rejoiced and celebrated together. They are the best people in the world. I really love them. But itâ€™s not goodbye to them, itâ€™s â€™see you around the corner.â€™ Because these people are so TALENTED! And their talent will lead them to great things ahead.
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. 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.
And I salute YOU, my amazing family of viewers: Thank you so so soooooo much for your support and love. Without you, there never would have been a Tyra Show. I really love you all.
But hey, we still have a lot of time together on the talk show this season on the CW. Weâ€™re not wrapped yet. So keep watching. I have some fun episodes planned that you gotta see!â€
Fierce & Love,