Things aren’t so fab on the set of ABC’s “FABLife,” Tyra Banks’ new daytime television talk show with do-it-yourself expert Leah Ashley, interior designer Lauren Makk, model Chrissy Teigen and fashion stylist Joe Zee. Two months after the series launched in September, Banks announced she was stepping down as co-host.
The 41-year-old former model said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter Friday she was quitting the show so she could focus on her cosmetics company.
“This is a very difficult decision, but necessary,” Banks said. “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.”
Banks also commented on her departure in an Instagram post, telling fans she wanted to “keep following [her] heart and spend more time focusing on [her] army of entrepreneurs. ... @tyrabeauty is all about being the CEO of your life, creating amazing opportunities and zagging when others zig. What you put into your biz is what you will get out of it, and I’m doubling down and working even harder for you.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Banks is expected to remain as executive producer of “FABLife” until December. At this point, there apparently have been no talks about replacing her on-air.
While Banks indicated her “FABLife” departure was associated with other obligations, TMZ reported she exited after tensions rose on the set because of lackluster ratings and a staff meeting where executives said changes would be made in the show.
The celebrity-news site also reported Banks was not getting along with one of the other executive producers and that she was upset due to the fact she was initially told she would be able to promote her cosmetics company more on the show.