You know the old saying, “If your talk show is doing well, you might as well say forget about it and quit to focus on other things in your life.” It’s admittedly not a very well-known saying. Still, that’s exactly what’s happening in the life of model and TV personality Tyra Banks, who just announced she will no longer be hosting the daytime chat show FABLife, just two months into Season 1. Not the most fab news she could have dropped.
Perhaps surprisingly, Banks’ hasty exit isn’t the result of any behind-the-scenes drama and doesn’t seem to have any bad blood brewing because of it. It appears that she merely wants to dedicate the bulk of her focus on her non-TV ventures, such as her cosmetics company TYRA Beauty. Here’s how she explained her decision, according to THR.
This is a very difficult decision, but necessary…I will be devoting more time to my new, growing cosmetics company, TYRA Beauty, which is expanding faster than anticipated, as well as overseeing my company's other entertainment ventures. I will, however, continue to support the growth and success of FABLife and greatly admire my fellow co-hosts and the talented production team behind the show.
It’s somewhat refreshing to hear about someone wanting to escape the limelight to focus on business-minded duties, but it still comes as something of a shock. She won’t be absent from the show altogether, mind you, but she will no longer be at the head of it. Banks will appear a few times a week throughout the end of December, and will pop in more sporadically throughout the rest of the season. After that, who knows?
FABLife kicked off in syndication on September 14, and was one of the better performers as far as new syndicated shows went. With a View-like panel approach to chatting about different topics, FABLife also stars model Chrissy Teigen, fashion expert Joe Zee, interior designer Lauren Makk and YouTube star Leah Ashley. The show currently has no plans to replace Banks and will likely move forward with the quartet front and center.
While it’s surprising that Banks is quitting the show so early into its run, let’s not forget that she’s done this kind of thing before. Back in 2010, she called it quits with her Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show The Tyra Banks Show, after which she said she wouldn’t return to the talk show circuit. It took five years to turn that decision on its head.
We’ll be getting even less Tyra on our TVs next month when America’s Next Top Model ends after a 22-season run. She’s working on the Disney project Life-Size 2 right, which is about a child’s doll coming to life, and had a guest stint on ABC’s Black-ish. Are you guys sorry to see her exit FABLife?