Tyra Banks is quitting her talk show this spring after five years.
Oprah Winfrey a few weeks ago announced the end of her show, but she isn’t leaving until 2011.
Banks broke the news to people.com.
Banks will focus on the launch of Bankable Studios, a N.Y.-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects. “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,” Banks says.
Banks’ show has done well among younger viewers but is far behind the likes of “Dr. Phil” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in overall ratings. Locally, she airs at 3 and 4 p.m. on the CW affiliate WUPN-TV. She is typically far behind “Oprah,” “Judge Judy,” “Springer” and “Ellen” in the ratings in Atlanta.
Right now, the CW’s ‘America’s Next Top Model,” hosted by Banks, remains. The 14th season starts in February. The show, which airs twice a year, has seen some ratings erosion but is still a popular show on the network, averaging between 3.5 to 4 million viewers a week.
The saddest person will be Joel McHale, host of E!’s “The Soup.” He has mocked Banks’ self-absorbed ways for years on the show.