The host is departing the show to focus on her new cosmetics line. In a joint statement released to Variety, Banks and Disney/ABC say, “Tyra Banks has made the decision to scale back her role on the nationally syndicated lifestyle show ‘FABLife.'”
Banks will be on the show two to three times per week through the end of 2015, and will occasionally appear through the end of the season. She will also continue her exec producer duties for the remainder of the year.
“This is a very difficult decision, but necessary,” Banks’ statement reads. “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.”
In addition to Banks, the other lifestyle experts include model Chrissy Teigen, who serves as the show’s foodie; fashion editor Joe Zee; interior designer Lauren Makk; and YouTube star Leah Ashley, who specializes in DIY expertise. Insiders say there are no plans to replace Banks, but as Teigen has served as the lead “lifestylist” in Banks’ absence, it seems likely she will take on more of a moderator role.
Per Banks’ statement, there are no immediate plans to cancel the show with her departure, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, though the syndie has ranked as the lowest-rated of the 15 daytime syndicated talk shows this fall, averaging just 934,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. “FABLife” also received mixed reviews from critics.
Before “FABLife” premiered, Banks, who hosted six seasons of “The Tyra Banks Show” from 2005 and 2010, told Variety, “I’m interested in things that are not the same. I’m also interested in television where I’m not by myself. It is hard by yourself, it is lonely by yourself, it is tiring by yourself,” she said, in reference to her four fellow panelists. “I was not interested in coming back to daytime and doing like, ‘Tyra Show’ part two,” she continued. “We’re going to really be working it and doing it different. If you’ve seen it in daytime before, it won’t be on our show.”
As Banks departs the show, she still maintains her relationship with Disney/ABC, as she is developing a sequel to Disney Channel’s Original Movie “Life Size” for the cabler. She also just wrapped a guest-starring role for an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Black-ish.”
In other Banks news, the longtime “America’s Next Top Model” host and producer recently announced that the longtime CW show will end after the current 22nd season.