As we reported here on BuddyTV back in June, America's Next Top Model
creator and host Tyra Banks is moving production on her daily talk show to New York City. It's still unclear whether or not America's Next Top Model
will also be eventually be permanently relocating to the Big Apple.
However, while that's still up in the air, there's been some recent clarification on the possible reason for the big move for Ms Banks: love.
According to the gossip column in the New York Daily News, Tyra is dating an investment banker, John Utendahl, of Wall Street's Utendahl Capital Partners. The paper says he's 6-foot-3 and handsome. One can assume – with his own investment firm – that he's not doing too bad financially as well.
If the rumors are true, it sounds as though Tyra might just have found herself a fellow who could be a good fit. He's tall enough that she can, as E!'s Ted Casablanca's pointed out, “wear her Manolos without fear of towering over him” – always a challenge for a tall woman.
Being equally matched in success and ambition could also be important; in the past Tyra has said that her accomplishments in modeling and as a television producer and host of America's Next Top Model and her own program have created obstacles on her path to finding love. She has said that “more successful she get[s], the less interested guys are.”
There has been no confirmation from either of the duo's representation regarding their status, and if it had any bearing on Tyra's move. As recently as May of the year, she was also linked to New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, so clearly the gossip columnists are eager to match her with a New York mate.
Tyra herself has offered up only professional reasons for the move, stating in June that she wanted the change in order to reinvigorate her program. She said “After spending some time in the city this past spring, I knew the energy and rhythm of the city would be great for the show.”
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: New York Daily News, E! Online, New York Post
(Image courtesy of CW)