Tyra Banks will end her Emmy-winning talk show, "The Tyra Show," after five seasons, it was announced Monday (December 28). The model-turned-mogul said that the show's current season will be its last.
"This will be the last season of 'The Tyra Show,' " Banks told People. "I've been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past five years."
The show, which earned Banks two Daytime Emmy Awards, will end its run in spring 2010. Over the years, Banks used the show to empower young women and even address her critics. In an infamous episode, Banks appeared in a bathing suit telling her harshest critics, who had criticized her for gaining weight, to "kiss my fat ass." Recently, Banks also took off her hair weave.
Banks, who also hosts and produces "America's Next Top Model," will focus on her production company, Bankable Productions, and other future projects that bring "positive images of women to the big screen." Banks will continue her work on "Top Model" — its 15th season is expected to begin airing in February. And her ABC show "True Beauty" will continue to be in production.
"My next huge steps will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are," she said, adding in a letter on her Web site, "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."