Tyra Banks will be ending her talk show in 2010 after a five-year run to shift her focus to producing for film and television, Banks announced in an open letter to her fans on her website and in an interview with People magazine.
Banks, who won the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award in 2009 for Excellence in Media, says she will be focused on launching Bankable Studios, a New York-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects.
"This will be the last season of The Tyra Show," Banks tells People. "I've been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past five years."
Banks will continue to work on America’s Next Top Model, which returns in February, and True Beauty.
"You empowered me, and in turn, when I finally had a platform and the power and a voice to get across the points and the messages that are important to me, I brought you along with me, because you embraced me," Banks said while addressing the crowd at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.
According to industry insiders, Bankable Productions will focus on empowering women and minorities through media.