Tyra Banks to leave talk show after less than three months

Tyra Banks to leave talk show after less than three months

Tyra Banks has announced that she is leaving her talk show FABLife after just two months as one of the co-hosts.

Tyra Banks, who’s notably missed several episodes lately, said in a statement that “this is a very difficult decision, but necessary.” She also said she 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.”

FABLife — which also stars Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Lauren Makk and Leah Ashley — has not gotten off to a strong start. In the week ended Nov. 8, the last full week that national ratings were available, FABLife averaged a 0.8 in households, and a 0.4 among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Several sources said Banks is leaving due to disagreements she had with executives over the creative direction of the show as well as low ratings. According to these sources, Banks felt she was made certain promises about the types of segments the show would do, and was disappointed when the show didn’t go that way.

Tyra Banks has other projects in the works with Disney-ABC: She’s developing a series called Life-Size 2 for the Disney Channel and she just wrapped a guest-starring stint on the network’s primetime comedy, black-ish.

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