Tyra Banks is calling time on her latest talk-show run…just months after its launch.
The supermodel turned super-mogul today announced her departure from the FABLife – the new FOX daytime series she anchored alongside Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Lauren Makk and YouTube star Leah Ashley.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Banks revealed that it’s her desire to focus on her cosmetics line that inspired her decision. She said:
“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.”
Interestingly, while promoting the FABLife ahead of its premiere, the 41-year-old explained why she checked out of the talk-show scene after her initial success with the mid-00’s ‘Tyra Banks Show’:
“It just wasn’t a healthy thing for me. At that time in my career, I was probably the most successful, lucrative, and [relevant] …and the most unhappy. And so when [The Tyra Banks Show] ended, I was, like, I’m done with talk. I’m going to hunker down, go to business school, and really focus on the business side of my career.”
She added that the FABLife concept re-ignited her desire for the talk format because she’d be sharing duties with with other panelists.
In any case, Banks will continue on as an executive producer of the show. She’s also working with Disney on ‘Life-Size 2′ and just completed a stint on ABC’s ‘Black-Ish.’
The star’s departure marks a pronounced period of change for Tyra, whose ‘America’s Next Top Model’ comes to an end after 22 “cycles” next month.