The syndicated talk show has been canceled and will not return for a second season, Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced late Tuesday. Original episodes will continue to be produced and aired for the remainder of the season.
"We’re extremely proud of everyone involved with the show and would like to thank them for all of their contributions and tireless efforts,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. "We are especially appreciative of our talented and dynamic co-hosts Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Leah Ashley and Lauren Makk, and we would also like to extend a huge thanks to our station partners for all of their support.”
FABLife marked Banks' highly anticipated return to daytime after The Tyra Banks Show went off the air in 2010. That series ran for five seasons and earned Banks two Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding informative talk show.
While promoting FABLife at the Television Critics Association summer press tour last year, Banks said she had not anticipated a return to daytime and she noted that her life had become too hectic with a talk show and America's Next Top Model running concurrently.
"It just wasn’t a healthy thing for me," she said at the time. "At that time in my career, I was probably the most successful, lucrative and [relevant] ... and the most unhappy. And so when [The Tyra Banks Show] ended, I was like, 'I’m done with talk. I’m going to hunker down, go to business school, and really focus on the business side of my career.' "
Her change of heart came after a meeting with Lisa Hackner, ABC's executive vp daytime and syndicated programming, who had previously worked for Telepictures Productions, which produced The Tyra Banks Show. Banks said she especially liked the idea of sharing hosting duties with several other people — a format that has become increasingly common in daytime following The View and more recently The Talk and The Real. "[Lisa] knew that I did not want to do it by myself," Banks said in August.
For Banks, the news of FABLife's demise comes after The CW said farewell to America's Next Top Model in December after an impressive 12 years.
Celebrity-led daytime shows have had a rough time in the past few years. In addition to the cancelation of high-profile projects headlined by Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper, among others, Meredith Vieira's showalso got the ax earlier this month despite a major revamp in season two to add a panel of co-hosts, much likeFABLife as well as long-running daytime entries The View and The Talk.
Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, meanwhile, cleared national syndication for viral video show RightThisMinute for distribution in fall 2016 on ABC Owned Television Stations Group stations in New York, L.A., Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno, as well as Cox Media Group/Scripps stations in major media markets.
RightThisMinute offers the stories behind web videos with interviews and information about each of the hottest viral clips. The ABC deal marks RightThisMinute's sixth season on the air and fourth in national syndication.