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Tyra Banks ... turning off her talk show gig

Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm •  Published: December 28, 2009
Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks took a cue from Oprah Winfrey and made a big announcement.

The model-turned-empire-builder took to her Twitter page today to tell her 832,074 followers that the fifth season of  “The Tyra Show” will be its last.

 Banks will continue her nighttime hosting duties on the upcoming 14th “cycle” of “America’s Next Top Model” and work on her beauty pageant reality show, the “True Beauty.” She compared this decision to when she walked away from the fashion industry, according to WWD.com.

“Several years ago I made the decision to leave modeling — at the height of my modeling career,” Banks wrote in a letter posted on Tyra.com, “and although it was the most terrifying move, it was the BEST decision and led to me fulfilling some big lifelong dreams. Now, I’m a bit nervous and excited for my next HUGE steps which will allow me to reach MORE women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are!”

  “I wish I could tell you about ALL of the new stuff,” the former model wrote on Tyra.com, “but there are people here with me now telling me to stop typing and keep my lips shut about our new projects!”

 Banks, who had been considered a frontrunner in the race to replace Oprah (who last month announced the end of her longrunning syndicated talk fest when her contract expires in 2011), did tip her hat to the original daytime diva, according to WWD.com. , “Before I go, I have to pay homage to the ultimate Queen of Talk, Oprah, who made a huge impact on my life by giving me my first shot in daytime TV…We will all miss her show so much. And to you Oprah: You have had, and continue to have, such an amazing impact on me. I salute you.”