Originally published on Television Without Pity.
Oh Tyra. Ms. Banks is one cuckoo lady, y’all, and I am so thankful that someone was clever enough to give her her own talk show for five seasons. Of course, we can still catch all the crazy when America’s Next Top Model returns August 2 — and I expect to see even more weirdly sexual remarks and desperate grabs for attention this cycle, considering that male models are competing as well.
Unfortunately, ANTM has to focus at least part of each episode on the, you know, models. This sad fact means that Tyra has just a few brief minutes each week to unleash her apparently unbalanced mental state on her viewing audience. The Tyra Banks Show, on the other hand, gave her a whole hour five days a week to perform “social experiments,” talk to dwarves, creepily flirt with younger men, fall out of chairs, and fight for the cause she most believes in: teaching society not to discriminate against supermodels and other ridiculously beautiful people.
In honor of the return of Top Model — which has been absent from our screens for a full year, instead of the typical four months — let’s recount Tyra’s best talk show moments. I like to think of these eight clips as some of America’s best moments as well.
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