Oprah Winfrey blazed a trail for women to get their own talk shows -- and now she’s blazed a trail for women to move on from their talk shows.
Want proof? Tyra Banks
announced today that she's ending her time on the daytime TV circuit. The Tyra Show
will go the way of The Oprah Winfrey Show
after it wraps its fifth season this spring.
"I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past five years," Tyra told PEOPLE. "My next huge steps will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are."
As for what, exactly, those "huge steps" will be, the word is she
's setting her sights on Hollywood via her own film production company, Bankable Studios. An "industry insider" told PEOPLE her aim will to be to bring "positive images of women to the big screen."
So, why now? Well, that insider says Banks received encouragement to take the leap to movies from filmmaker Tyler Perry and, yes, even the big O herself.
"With Oprah’s big announcement this year, I think that gave Tyra the confidence to get out there and follow her longtime dream of film producing," the source said.
That’s not to say she’s leaving her first moving-image love behind: America’s Next Top Model and her ABC show, True Beauty, are both said to be returning this year.
And Banks addressed the news about her Tyra Show departure in an open letter on her Web site. "There’s a lot cooking right now and a lot of fire burning in my heart, and I salute you my amazing family of viewers; without you there never would have been a Tyra Show," she wrote. "I really love you all."
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