FABLife officially cancelled following Tyra Banks' departure

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FABLife officially cancelled following Tyra Banks departure
Tyra Banks

The cancellation does not came as a shock, as the show experienced a major shake-up when Banks announced she'd be leaving the show at the end of 2015.

By Reuters

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Published: Fri 22 Jan 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sat 23 Jan 2016, 12:45 PM

IT'S OFFICIAL. EXACTLY two months after Tyra Banks announced her departure from FABLife, the daytime talk show has been cancelled after just one season. While the syndicated show will not return for second season, original episodes will continue to be produced and air for the remainder of the current season. "We're extremely proud of everyone involved with the show and would like to thank them for all of their contributions and tireless efforts," said Janice Marinelli, president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. "We are especially appreciative of our talented and dynamic co-hosts Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Leah Ashley and Lauren Makk."
The cancellation does not came as a shock, as the show experienced a major shake-up when Banks announced she'd be leaving the show at the end of 2015. No replacement for Banks was set either, indicating a lacking effort to boost the show. Paired with struggling ratings and mixed reviews from critics, insiders tell Variety FABLife was all-but-cancelled at the time of Banks' exit. The show ranked as the lowest-rated of the 15 daytime syndicated talk shows this past fall. Banks' departure, announced in late November, was a surprise as FABLife had just debuted two months prior and the series marked the former supermodel's big return to daytime television, following her self-titled talk show, which ran from 2005 to 2010. Banks, who also served as an exec producer on the talker, stated that she decided to exit the show to focus on her cosmetics line, TYRA Beauty, which she did not realise would occupy so much of her time. Sources say other reasons came into play such as low ratings and clashing personalities on set.
In addition to Banks, the lifestyle show showcased a panel of "lifestylists" including resident foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashionista Joe Zee, interior designer Lauren Makk and DIY YouTube star Leah Ashley. Shortly after Banks scaled back on FABLife, she spoke to Variety, saying, "One thing that I cannot do is run a business and be a talk show host. A talk show is so encompassing." She added, "I thought that by having a team of people so that I wasn't the only one hosting it would allow me to have more time, and it gave me some time, but it did not give me the time that I thought it would. So in the end, I realised that I have to put the oxygen mask on my company because it just wasn't making sense." Asked if she would ever return to daytime television, Banks declared, "I doubt it." Banks' long-running reality modelling competition America's Next Top Model also recently wrapped up, after 22 cycles. However, Banks is still in ties with the Disney/ABC family, as she's set to reprise her role as Eve in Disney Channel's sequel to the fan-favourite TV movie Life-Size, which is currently in development. As for Teigen, her hit show Lip Sync Battle, on which she serves as the commentator, was just renewed for Season 3 on Spike. Reuters

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