The ax fell for Iyanla Vanzant on Monday Aug 13 2001 when on one of this season's most talked-about talk shows, "Iyanla," was canned. The show had the production expertise of Barbara Walters and her executive producer partner Bill Geddie behind it. Despite what one senior media commentator described as a "valiant attempt," the show, hosted by self-help expert Iyanla Vanzant, never managed to garner viable ratings. The show averaged a 1.1 rating since its Aug. 13 debut, In adults 18-49, the talk show averaged only a 0.5 rating according to Nielsen Media Research.Buena Vista canceled Iyanla after only six months. ..
Hosted by best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant, this show provided you with the tools you need to deal with many of life's challenges, from bad relationships to bad-hair days, financial woes to food issues, and parenting dilemmas to dream fulfillment. IYANLA premiered Aug. 13 2001.
Vanzant, was produced by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie's Barwall Prods.
The strip has been cleared in more than 90% of the country, including WABC in New York, KNBC in Los Angeles, WBBM in Chicago and WPVI in Philadelphia.
Vanzant's good will was infectious. Her ability to mock herself makes it easier for the rest of us to admit our own foibles. Back to Basics opens with a wonderful homily about why women have to try harder than men. The author jokes that when men try to get into heaven, they are only asked one question while women are required to answer four. God is truly in the details of her stories. Faith, she argues, is humanity's purpose on earth, and the only way to live a fully realized life is to get back to basics. She acknowledges that even people with faith get knocked down, yet Vanzant (The Value in the Valley) hopes to give her listeners the tools to get back up again. She is an empowerment specialist, spiritual life counselor, and minister.