'America's Next Top Model' Massacre
Report: Tyra Banks fires Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel
The three were told their contracts would not be renewed for Season 19, and according to the Post, it was none other than host and executive producer Tyra Banks who "swung the ax."
Barker and Manuel have been with the show since its first season in 2003, Alexander
since the second. Manual has also been Banks' longtime make-up artist.
Banks confirmed all three departures, tweeting that the show "turned us in2 a family" and that she's "excited for what the future holds" for her friends.
On his blog, Barker wrote Thursday night: “Many of you have come to know me over the past eight years on the show, during which we have shared numerous amazing adventures. It has been an exciting chapter in my life.”
Low ratings are most likely culprit, with the most recent episode drawing only 1.3 million viewers.
"America's Next Top Model" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.
Tyra Banks is one of the creators of ANTM so who is stupid? check yourself, sounds like you a HATER
The problem is not with Tyra, Nigel, Miss J, or Jay Alexander I love them all, but when they changed the time from 8:00 to 9:00 it interfered with the program criminal mind. I say go back to 8:00 so I can enjoy both of my favorite programs
I have watched every season of ANTM - not sure that is something to brag about- multiple times. This season if awful! Tyra needs to get back to the old system of selecting girls based on potential talent. This UK vs. US is a gimmick that isn't working - a Brit goes home, an American goes home, etc.
Losing Miss Jay, Mr. Jay and Nigel Barker will spell a quick death to ANTM. Kelly Cutrone is crabby and I agree with other readers - Tyra has forgotten that she is a mentor to these girls and not just a brand!
The show isn't failing because of the Jays and Nigel. It's failing because TYRA IS AN IDIOT! How are you going to nickname someone Legs-for-Days and 30-never and expect the show to grow? And tooch? WTF is that?! Potledom?!
The show is failing because of TYRA and her STUPID IDEAS.
I watched the season with Selesha just yesterday. And I watched Tyra be a mother to those girls, care about them. She coached them and mentored them. She STOOD for something then. Now, all she cares about is her damn book and herself.
She talks about "Branding this, branding that." You are BRANDING those girls into non-existance! And who is Tyra to talk about sticking to your brand when she can't even do it herself?! Biggest mistake she ever made in her life.
Ms. Jay, Mr. Jay and Nigel Barker were the best things the show had going for it. The show will never come back from this because of the decisions TYRA has made.
thats too bad...seems like she will be losing more viewers..me for one...buy tyra