When Americans watch television, they can’t miss the talent and reach of Tyra Banks. In 2003, Banks became a true pioneer in reality TV when she created, executive produced, and hosted the tremendously successful “America’s Next Top Model.” The show quickly became a phenomenon and was UPN’s most-watched program for six seasons.
With the launch of her syndicated daily talk show “The Tyra Banks Show,” Banks became one of the few women to be seen regularly on both daytime and primetime television. Premiered in 2005, the talk show quickly became one of the most popular new daytime programs on the air, and continues to boast the youngest audience in daytime.
According to People.com, Tyra Banks announced that this will be the last season of the popular talk show. The show will finish its fifth season in the spring of 2010.
Tyra Banks and Clay Aiken have both said that they are good friends. They have dined together and seem to genuinely enjoy each others company. Tyra asked Clay to introduce her at the GLAAD Media Awards last March.
Their public friendship was obvious when Clay Aiken was a guest on Tyra’s successful talk show in 2006. They had a great time and looked relaxed and happy as they chatted together. We can only hope that Clay will be able to visit Tyra’s show again before it is over.
Tyra will be launching a New York-based film production company called Bankable Studios and is currently reviewing some projects. Her goal is to bring “positive images of women to the big screen,” according to an industry insider. Tyra has stated that she hopes that this will allow her to reach more women and young girls in a positive way.
The insider said of the career move:
“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.”
Tyra is not leaving TV completely. Her show, America’s Next Top Model will return for its 14th season in February. She will also be involved in a show on ABC titled True Beauty.
The following message was left on Tyra’s web-site today:
“There’s a lot cooking right now and a lot of fire burning in my heart and I salute you my amazing family of viewers; without you there never would have been a Tyra Show. I really love you all.”
I know we posted the following videos in November. However, they are wonderful and show both the talent of Tyra and the friendship between Clay and Tyra. If you didn’t have a chance to see them before, I hope you can now.