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Tyra Banks bringing end to TV talk show
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former supermodel Tyra Banks said on Monday she is ending her Emmy-award winning TV daytime talk show in the spring of 2010.
Banks, 36, said in a posting on her official web site that the current fifth season of "The Tyra Show" on the CW network, would be the last.
"This will be the last season of 'The Tyra Show'," Banks said. "I have been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years."
"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," she added.
Banks said she would soon be launching her own New York-based production company Bankable Studios and was excited at the prospect of making movies but could not yet give details.
She will however host the 15th season of "America's Next Top Model" reality show contest on the CW in February.
Banks has used her talk show to promote women's issues, particularly body image and the media's perception of how women should look.
In August she posed with a group of women in underwear in New York's Union Square to promote the show's campaign of "rocking what you've got". In September she took the weave out of her hair and appeared on the show with her natural hair.
The syndicated "The Tyra Banks Show" won a second daytime Emmy award in August for best informative talk show.
In her web posting, Banks thanked her fans for their support. "I salute YOU, my amazing family of viewers: Thank you so so soooooo much for your support and love. Without you, there never would have been a Tyra Show. I really love you all."
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)