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First Oprah, Now Tyra Banks? All Our Daytime Chat Divas Are Quitting Television!


We already knew Oprah was going to upset the natural course of the universe by ending her television show in 2011, but now Tyra Banks is also throwing cosmic destiny to the wind, announcing she, too, will shut down her eponymous chat fest this season in Spring 2010. But what about our theory?!

Yes, our theory that blacks and gays (and all people of color?) rule television talk. We’re losing two mainstays — Oprah after 25 seasons, and Tyra after five — to our Pythagayrean Theorem. Well, it’s still in tact. With Oprah and Tyra exiting the scene, we’ve still got Ellen, Wanda, George, and the upcoming Nate Berkus show to hold things down. (Also making room on the daytime slate? Straight white lady Bonnie Hunt, whose show was axed earlier this month.) There’s also that Carson Kressley vehicle on Lifetime that may or may not still be around.

So why is Tyra quitting now? Maybe because she has too many other projects to stay sane — she will continue hosting her drag queen modeling show — or maybe it’s because Oprah anointed Ellen DeGeneres, and not Tyra, as her natural successor.

Either way, there’s nobody who will be able to fill Tyra’s shoes when it comes to taking gay demons — and self-hating gays — head on.