Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks both have successful modeling careers that started their post-model endeavors. However, her rise to fame has not been without obstacles. Whether it’s Banks’ former America’s Next Top Models contestants airing alleged abuse, or Teigen’s sprawling celebrity feuds, both ladies have had their fair share of the drama. In fact, rumors once circulated that the former “FABLife” co-hosts were at odds with each other.
Before the show aired in panel format in 2015, there was already controversy over the fact that the women didn’t get along. A source who spoke to Page Six said the two barely spoke while filming the pilot. “You never put two supermodels together on the same show,” the source explained. “Especially when one is more than 10 years younger than the other.” The same source added: “They are so different. Tyra thinks about everything. She thinks about what to say, right down to the point where she moves her arm. Chrissy is from the new school where she says what she wants.”
That said, another source painted a rosier picture, claiming it was a “love fest” between the two women. They added that Banks, who was also an executive producer, wouldn’t get along with Teigen that she “wouldn’t be on the show.”
Unfortunately, that didn’t end the rumor mill between Banks and Teigen. Here’s everything you might have missed.
Tyra Banks Shuts Down Chrissy Teigen Rumors
“FABLife” premiered on September 14, 2015; The day after, Cosmopolitan published an interview with Tyra Banks, in which she discussed her decision to follow up her Emmy Award-winning talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, with a panel format show. According to Banks, ABC had approached her about doing another talk show, but she wanted to “retire” from the entertainment business and focus on her nascent beauty brand. After some urging from her mother, Banks told ABC she would be doing another show with one caveat: “I don’t want to do it alone.”
She argued that other co-hosts would give her some breathing room. “Now, with ‘FABLife,’ Chrissy might be cooking an entire meal, or Lauren might be on stage decorating someone’s home — and I’m literally in the background at a business meeting. And I feel like I’m not neglecting my startup.”
Of course, the savvy businesswoman also addressed those pesky feud rumors that she and Teigen just couldn’t shake. When asked why she and Teigen made such a “public effort” to “squash the feuding rumors,” Banks replied, “Well, I don’t run that kind of show. I picked every person to be on this show and I’m the executive producer of the show so it just doesn’t make sense since I’m sort of the boss of the people. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s just a rotten rumor.
Tyra Banks is quitting her own show
Despite the lingering rumors, “FABLife” premiered on ABC in the fall of 2015. For the first few months, Tyra Banks and Chrissy Teigen, who made up two-fifths of the panelists, seemed to work well together. During one segment, they even offered each other support as they discussed their journey with infertility.
Unfortunately, this united front didn’t stop the chatter for long. Rumors that Banks and Teigen didn’t like each other gained fresh impetus when Banks stepped down from her hosting responsibilities after just three months. The former model told The Hollywood Reporter that she was leaving the show to devote more time to her cosmetics line, Tyra Beauty, which was “expanding faster than expected.” However, she said she will continue to support “the growth and success” of “FABLife” and “admired her co-hosts.” Despite the official explanation, dissatisfaction quickly spread between Banks and Teigen.
Shortly thereafter, Teigen took to her Twitter to dispel the rumors. “I don’t know if you guys know how bosses work, but if Tyra and I had fought as hard as you say I would be the one on the show,” Teigen told her Twitter (via HuffPost). There was also speculation that Banks’ departure was due to poor ratings. Before Banks’ departure, Page Six reported that “FABlife” was a “rating disaster” that failed to capture the 25-54 year old. Ultimately, “FABLife” only lasted one season, with the final episode airing on June 22, 2016.