'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.
As if this year's format change wasn't bad enough! I was a fan of the show until this jacked up season. I loved the guys... I believe this dismissal may signal that this year is the last for the show.
Maybe they need to consider taking the show in a new direction, like maybe real, older women or plus sized women trying to break into modeling. TV Land had a similar show called "She's Got the Look" which employed casting calls around the US for REAL women and I believe it was pretty successful.
As if the Photo Shoots couldnt get any worse... Just the premise of all of them this season make no sense. I have no seen one shoot that is geared toward Vogue Italia ...
She needs to do a America's Next Top MALE Model ... that will bring the viewers in...
But with more runway shows, casting calls and photoshoots that can acutally be used in their portfolio.
thats too bad...seems like she will be losing more viewers..me for one...buy tyra
Great. Good thing this isn't 'America's Next Top Actress' or 'America's Next Smart Person', or Tyra wouldn't have made it past the first cut in season 1.
Tyra is the only thing about this show that bores me. Ms. J is fabulous and Mr J and Nigel are the most attractive things about it.
Maybe the ratings are low because people are sick of Tyra´s ego. It also doesn´t help that none of the so-called models ever really make it.
Why doesn´t Tyra just buy a mirror and sit in front of it for an hour? It´ll be the same show.
The only reason to watch "Top Model" is Nigel Barker,J. Alexander, and Jay Manuel!!!!! I"M DONE!! No more watching the EGOMANIAC Tyra Banks.
I love these 'guys'. They make the show. No more Miss Jay? No more classy J.A. or N.B. I vote 'no more Tyra'. I always have preferred these guys to Tyra by a long shot!
Want to make the show better, have these guys run it.
Looks like most people agree.