More problems for ABC’s daytime programming block, which never helps out legacy series General Hospital, the only soap opera left on the network! Today, Tyra Banks announced she quit her own talk show, FABLife! After less than three months as the main host and executive producer, she parted ways with the ailing series.
In a statement Banks related, “That this is a very difficult decision, but necessary.” She went on to say: “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.” Banks will stay on as executive producer through December, and will remain on-air only a few times a week through the end of the year, and only make after that occasional other appearances! FABLife’s other hosts remain for now with: Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Leah Ashley and Lauren Makk.
However, other sources have reported that there is major dissention behind the scenes of this latest syndicated series from Disney/ABC. TMZ related: “We’re told Tyra and one of the executive producers did not get along. We’re told she was particularly upset because she felt she had been double-crossed … she claimed show honchos promised to push her cosmetics line much harder than they did. We’re told there was a staff meeting a week ago where execs said the show would be moving in a different direction. But Tyra had been missing days on the show, and the handwriting was on the wall.”
PEOPLE offered up: “The show wasn’t what Tyra wanted. She was disappointed with the direction that the producers were taking. It wasn’t right for her. She hopes it will be successful for the other cast members but she has to move on.”
So here we go again, while All My Children was replaced with The Chew and that seems to have found enough a consistent audience for some staying power, nothing that has replaced One Life to Live ever took hold: The Revolution, Katie, and now FABLife.
What do you think is the real reason Tyra wanted out of her own show? Is this show about to just tank for good? How can ABC ever find a solution to this programming issue, and what should they do? Resurrect One Life to Live, if they have retained the rights? Do something bold and launch a new half hour soap? Come up with some other form of entertaining series other than these lifestyle shows which seem to all fizzle? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!