The talkshow circuit is ruthless, just ask Tyra Banks.
Today it has been confirmed that the model-turned-mogul’s new daytime talker ‘The FABLife’ has been axed by ABC after just one season on-air.
Rumors had been swirling that the series – which also features Chrissy Teigen (wife of John Legend) – was treading in the thinnest of ice after poor ratings.
And while the show pressed on, it did see Tyra announce her departure from the panel to focus on “other ventures.” She continued on as a producer (no doubt as a means to keep collecting that check), and promised to drop in as and when.
Fast forward to this evening’s reveal and – from where we’re sitting – it seems as though it may have been a strategic play. Like a “jump off the sinking ship before it hits the seabed.”
Speaking on the end of the syndicated show, Janice Marinelli, president, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution said:
“We’re extremely proud of everyone involved with the show and would like to thank them for all of their contributions and tireless efforts We are especially appreciative of our talented and dynamic co-hosts Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Leah Ashley and Lauren Makk, and we would also like to extend a huge thanks to our station partners for all of their support.”
The series, which was Banks’ first foray back into the talkshow arena since the 2010 end of her successful solo title ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ – joins a graveyard of daytime non-starters from the likes of Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, and Bethenny Frankel,
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Tyra looks set to see her recently ended ‘America’s Next Top Model’ revived on VH1. No word on whether she’ll reprise her on-air role as host. What is certain though is that should the show indeed return, that’ll be another check cashed – as she’s its creator. Get money!