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Tyra Banks to leave her chat show

Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks also paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey

Former model Tyra Banks has announced she will no longer present her chat show after its fifth season finishes.

The 36-year-old said she will continue with the reality show America's Next Top Model, but will no longer host The Tyra Show.

In a statement on her website, Banks said: "Thank you so much for your support and love. Without you, there never would have been a Tyra Show."

The star revealed she is currently working on other future projects.

"This year, I'll be unveiling some huge surprises from me and my company Bankable - new out-of-the-box projects," she said.

"I'm incredibly excited to announce that I'll be launching Bankable Studios soon, which means my company will be making movies.

"I'm so excited and I wish I could tell you about all of the new stuff, but there are people here with me now telling me to stop typing and keep my lips shut about our new projects."

'Modelling career'

She also denied that the decision to stop recording had been made because of poor viewing figures.

"Most times, a show leaves the air because not many people are watching. Well, you all are watching, in record numbers.

"As many of you know, several years ago I made the decision to leave modelling - at the height of my modelling career - and although it was the most terrifying move, it was the best decision and led to me fulfilling some big lifelong dreams," she said.

The star also paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey, who is also bringing her chat show to an end.

"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," she said.



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