Tyra Banks will re-enter the field of daytime television in September with FABLife, a lifestyle-focused hour from Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.
The retired supermodel is bringing along Chrissy Teigen as the show’s food guru, Joe Zee as its fashion go-to, Leah Ashley as the DIY diva and Lauren Makk offering home improvement tips.
After hosting and executive producing her own daytime talk show for five seasons, while also hosting and executive producing America’s Next Top Model, Banks says she’s looking forward to sharing the spotlight – and stress level – as part of a panel.
“Having a show that you are the only person on is very, very difficult, and so I was The Tyra Show Banks told journalists at the recent Television Critics Association press tour. “Also, I was executive producing at the same time and being on America’s Next Top Model and a couple of other shows that kind of failed, but we’ve still got to work and make them happy, as well as other stuff that I was doing. It just wasn’t a healthy thing for me, I don’t think.”
Tyra said her hectic schedule at the time was both a blessing and a curse.
“At that time in my career, I was probably the most successful, lucrative, and relevancy, everything in my life, and the most unhappy,” she said. “So when The Tyra Show ended, I was, like, I’m done with talk. I’m going to, kind of, hunker down, go to school, go to business school, and really focus on the business side of my career and also America’s Next Top Model internationally.”
And then ABC came knocking.
Below, Tyra explains how ABC wore her down:
FABLife premieres Sept. 14 from ABC syndication. (Check your local listings.)