New York, Aug 19 : American talk show hostess Tyra Banks kept the audience of her chat show waiting for nearly two hours on August 12, while she was busy giggling, snacking and chatting backstage.
The "Tyra Banks Show", which was being conducted at her West 26th Street studio, was for the taping of "Celebrating Black Models, Past, Present and Future."
"You could hear her going on and on because she was standing right behind the stage curtain," the New York Post quoted one audience member as saying.
"She's talking and talking. Meanwhile, you have the entire audience waiting almost two hours for the taping to start," the member stated.
Even after making them wait for such a long time, Banks did not apologize for it, and a source said that she had a very bad attitude.
"She leaves us waiting, and everyone is sitting there complaining, and then she comes out and doesn't say a word about it. She didn't even say hello, she got right into her script," the source said.
"She acted so cold towards everyone. She's a phony," the source added.
The show had a number of aspiring models who were, according to another member of the audience, dragged into the street by Banks for a shoot after she'd interviewed Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, Chanel Iman and Tameka Jacobs. "Tyra kept saying, 'When I was a model,' and would hardly let them talk. It was all about her, as usual," the source said.
Towards the end of the show, Banks led the whole audience outside onto the street.
"Cops had it closed off, and Tyra had bodyguards," the source remarked laughingly.
"She had the audience prance down the street and then release black balloons. Some were whining that it was so bad for the environment.
"It was so disorganized, people fell over the press outside and almost trampled two little girls. Tyra was acting like it was a live sporting event instead of the most self-indulgent, narcissistic crap," the source concluded.