Poor Trya Banks. While Oprah Winfrey got all the attention after announcing the end of her talk show (not until 2011), Tyra actually bid goodbye to her. Today was the final ‘Tyra,’ this after five years of interviewing celebrities, dispensing wisdom (“take responsibility for yourself because no one’s going to take responsibility for you”), and tackling hot button issues on the mind of young girls like body image, hair, sexuality, relationships, bigotry, fat, boob jobs, and teen pregnancy.
Oh, did we say hair? She did a lot of that, seriously, including one last show earlier this week devoted to “the craziest, funniest and inspiring hair moments.” Larry King called her television’s “fiercest host.”
During the course of her run – 800 shows, two Daytime Emmys, and a GLAAD Media Award – Banks, 36, showed she was a former supermodel with many facets, including a brain, a social consciousness, and a determination to make herself a cultural force for young women. “I’m sad that this chapter in my life is coming to an end, but I’m SO excited for what’s next,” said Banks, who is moving on to produce movies and publish books (first up is a novel titled “Modelland”). Sound familiar?
“Sometimes you have to quit when you’re on top,” she said at the end of her show before planting a symbolic kiss on the show’s runway. “5 absolutely amazing years. much love to the crew, producers, guests and all of you!!!” she wrote on her Twitter page. “Thank you ALL for your kind words. they mean SOOO much to me.”
DId you watch Tyra? Will she be missed? More importantly, with Tyra off the air and Oprah saying the end is in sight, who should fill the void? Who should have their own daytime talk shows?