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An all-new episode of TV's most overhyped hottest show, Gossip Girl, airs tonight, and as you may have heard, Tyra Banks and Hilary Duff will be appearing.

All told, it could have been a lot worse, but also better. Here's the rundown on the episode a little early if you simply can't wait for this must-see CW event:

  • Hilary Duff, while much maligned by some of the show's ardent fans as a stunt casting move, can at least act. Tyra Banks? That's pure stunt casting.
  • Duff's character, Olivia, enrolls at NYU to live a normal college life. She's a movie star, which new love Dan (Penn Badgley) somehow doesn't know.
  • Banks' character, Ursula, is co-starring with Olivia in a movie premiering in New York. Serena (Blake Lively) gets a job as Ursula's new publicist.
  • Jenny (Taylor Momsen) does not want to rule high school with an iron fist. Blair (Leighton Meester) wishes she were back where she still could.

Check out some photos below and follow this link for more Gossip Girl spoilers!

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A week after revealing her real hair in a push for ratings self-esteem among women, TV mogul Tyra Banks showed off her buff new arms on The Tyra Show.

The talk show host says she and seven friends challenged themselves to a three month "get fit, get healthy challenge" beginning this January.

Kirstie Alley Weight Loss Picture

"At first it started as a game ... and then it actually turned into a lifestyle for me," she says. "I didn't work out like crazy, [but] I would exercise."

Then she kicked it into another gear.

"I actually bought a treadmill and elliptical. I got rid of one of my couches and I watched Sex and The City episodes on the elliptical and treadmill."

Banks says her slimmer looks have earned her some attention, which is pretty much all she wants in this world, so you can call it a success.

Tyra Banks is ripped ... and pumped for her latest ratings initiative.

"I thought it was going to be private thing me and my friends were going to be doing, but then the media started taking notice and showing pictures of before and after and me losing weight and I felt kind of exposed," she said.

"I wasn't trying to proclaim to the world 'I got fit and I got healthy and I got in shape' because I felt kind of conflicted. Especially, after the 'kiss my fat ass thing.'"

"It's still fat by the way. I just feel better inside!"

Alright, then.

Tyra Banks says she had to train herself to work out. As a model, she says she "used to just rely on metabolism" but that changed as she aged.

Love her or hate her, she really does look good.

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By day, supermodel-turned-TV-magnate Tyra Banks hosts a talk show known for its message of empowerment to women. She is every woman's best friend.

Tyra Banks has your back! She has gained a big following over the years by defending females against the unfair judgment of society. She's done this by ...

  • Dressing up in a fat suit to gauge reactions among strangers
  • Wearing the same swimsuit on her show that she wore when celebrity gossip tabloids posted fat pictures of her, and telling critics to kiss her fat a$$
  • Most recently, abandoning her patented wigs, weaves and extensions in favor of her real hair, a message to women that beauty comes from within

But is Tyra Banks only out to boost her own celebrity?

Is her talk show a blatant contradiction of the values (or lack thereof) espoused on America's Next Top Model, which she produces and stars on for the CW?

The long-running reality show features contestants being judged by how they dress and look. Which is what modeling is all about ... but is the kind of thing that Banks, a supermodel herself, often denounces as shallow on The Tyra Show.

Clearly, Tyra Banks is a walking, talking contradiction. But does she see it that way, and perhaps more significantly, do any viewers of either show care?

Follow the jump for her two-part interview on Nightline ...

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Tyra Banks is going back to her roots and turning over a new leaf. Literally in the case of the former, and as a figure of speech when it comes to the latter.

On today's season premiere of The Tyra Show, the talk show host's fifth, the supermodel took the stage with a new hairstyle. That being her real hair.

That's right. Real hair. No wigs, no extensions. No bull.

Tyra Banks' real hair was on display for all to see as her long tresses were styled on camera. She interviewed women who have insecurities about natural hair.

The girlfriend of John Utendahl said she wants to generate maximum attention redefine beauty and help women appreciate who they are, inside and out.

Tyra's show is moving from syndication to the CW, airing weekdays at 4 p.m. Her reality show, America's Next Top Model, begins its 13th cycle tomorrow.

ET has a clip of Tyra Banks' real hair. Peep it below ...

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Despite rumors sparked by her walking around with some serious bling, Tyra Banks says she doesn't plan on walking down an aisle or saying "I Do" anytime soon.

Rumors surfaced that the talk show host was engaged to John Utendahl, her longtime beau, after she was seen with a huge ring on her ring finger this weekend.

But Banks set the record straight on Twitter.

"Hearing about crazy rumors that I'm engaged. Well, I'm not," she posted. "The 'RING' is my high school class ring. It's 10k gold, and has zero diamonds. Ha!"

Ha! She's still annoying. And check out the outfit she's wearing below. This from a woman who hosts a show called America's Next Top Model. WTF is this:

Ridiculous Tyra Banks Fashion

The new season of America's Next Top Model premieres a week from tonight. Hopefully that's enough time for Tyra Banks to buy a new wardrobe. Goodness, girlfriend.

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Tyra Banks' longtime boyfriend, businessman John Utendahl, reportedly exists, and reportedly is very rich. Neither of which are all that shocking, really.

But when they went out to lunch on Saturday at the Little Next Door in Los Angeles, Banks was supposedly seen sporting a rock on her left ring finger!

Of course, Britney Spears wears engagement rings for fun without actually being engaged to Jason Trawick, so there's no telling what celebrities will do.

Still, is Tyra Banks engaged to John Utendahl? We can only hope for the future Gossip Girl guest star's sake that he's nicer to her than Brady Green.

This is Tyra Banks' boyfriend, John Utendahl. Tyra Banks is kind of annoying, so we have no idea how he does such a good job tolerating her on a regular basis.

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Tyra Banks is coming to Gossip Girl this fall.

Little is known about the appearance by the Tyra Banks Show and America's Next Top Model host at this time, but she is said to be "putting on her acting shoes."

Awesome Tyra Banks Fashion

Does that means she'll be playing an actual part, rather than appearing as herself? If so, Gossip Girl is flirting pretty hard with stunt casting (and shark jumping).

Banks becomes the latest high-profile guest star to be announced for the hit show, which recently signed Hilary Duff for a multi-episode role as a college student.

Looks like Tyra is striving to annoy peeps on as many CW programs as possible. Here's hoping this part is a one-take roll with her barely visible in the background.

Are you excited for Tyra Banks on Gossip Girl?

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Last night's BET Awards were highlighted by emotional tributes to Michael Jackson, as Janet Jackson teared up on stage and Jaime Foxx performed the moonwalk.

Still, it was also a celebrity-filled event, which means fans have been clamoring for a look at various stars on the red carpet.

Beyonce and Tyra Banks didn't disappoint, as each showed up for the ceremony looking her most beautiful. Dressed in contrasting outfits, the celebs stopped and posed for numerous photos.

Here are two of them. Compare and vote below:

  • Beyonce at BET Awards
  • Tyra Photo

[Photos: Fame Pictures]

Who looked best at the BET Awards?

 

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The man on trial for stalking former supermodel-turned-TV talk show queen Tyra Banks was found guilty today, but he won't get any jail time.

Instead will get psychiatric help, according to the New York Post.

Awesome Tyra Banks Fashion

Brady Green was arrested in March 2008 after harassing Tyra Banks at her Chelsea studios following the taping of The Tyra Banks Show.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke ruled that Green's actions were "knowingly and inherently invalid and the behavior was hounding."

The judge, however, opted not to sentence Chelsea Green to 90 days in jail and instead ordered that the Georgia native get mental treatment.

Hopefully Tyra Banks won't have to look over her shoulder anymore.

In his bench-trial verdict, Burke said Green will have to return to court on June 18, where a place and length of treatment will be made known.

Burke said treatment is "something that can help Green in the future."

On Wednesday, Tyra Banks testified she was scared for her safety on March 18, 2008, after her staff told her Brady Green was in the building - the same man who had been stalking her by sending her flowers and love letters.

Outside court, Green's lawyer Jeffrey Berman said he was "disappointed with the verdict," but was glad the judge "didn't send [Green] to jail."

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As Shawn Johnson, Tyler Perry and Britney Spears can attest, it's been a busy month for stars and their insane stalkers. Your next victim? Tyra Banks.

Banks took the stand today in Manhattan to testify against her accused stalker, Brady Green. The nut job is on trial for stalking, harassment and criminal trespassing stemming from an incident in March of last year.

Ridiculous Tyra Banks Fashion

According to the New York Daily News, the America's Next Top Model host was calm as she told the court how terrified she and her staff were when Brady Green attempted to get past security at the Tyra Banks Show.

The staff wouldn't allow Banks to exit her dressing room.

"'Stop! No! You can't leave,'" she claimed they said. "I know I have fans, but I've never in my entire career had my staff act in this way."

The scary incident has left the 39-year-old Banks shaken to this day: "I fear for my safety," she said. "I feel extremely vulnerable."

Prosecutors say Brady Green even threatened to slash a Tyra Banks employee's throat when the person refused to give up the studio address.

"I don't fear for my life - I fear the safety of my staff," Banks explained. "I fear the safety of my family. I fear the safety of people in my vicinity."

She admitted that since Green's phone calls, love notes and appearance, she has heightened her security, even when she goes for a run.

The defendant's lawyer noted that the star's website urges viewers to write her. But Banks says Green was more aggressive than the average fan.

If convicted, Green faces a maximum of 90 days in prison.

Tyra Banks Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Inglewood, California
Full Name
Tyra Lynne Banks

Tyra Banks Quotes

She is a 15-year-old, and I just wish everybody would leave her alone!

Tyra Banks [on Miley Cyrus Vanity Fair photos]

Michelle Obama, you're one hot mama.

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