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After 18 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, Jay Manuel, Miss J, and Nigel Barker got the boot. Can you believe it?? They WERE the show! I’m so pissed and upset about this change…well, I take that back, I haven’t watched in ages, but I think it’s a terrible move. Who knows who made the real decision to give all three of those guys the boot, either way I still think Tyra is lamesauce. The good news is that they all got the boot together, so they’re probably all at a bar somewhere getting sh*t canned.
Jay posted on his blog:
Thank you all for your kind words. It’s true, after 18 cycles, I will not be returning to America’s Next Top Model.
Most importantly, I must give a big thank you to all our fans! It’s been extraordinary being a part of an such an amazing brand that we all worked hard to build. From the first cycle you embraced us and nine years later, we still feel that love. I’ve truly been blessed to work on a show that was recognized and loved around the world. I’ll take with me memories and lessons that will last a lifetime.
Nigel, Miss J and I had a great run, and now it’s time for us to move on. But you know me… I’m already working on many interesting projects. I look forward to sharing with you soon!
Nigel told E! News:
“It wasn’t a shock. I’m friends with Tyra and the producers. There had been a discussion that ratings were down and that something like this would happen. There had been previous years where discussions about me being eliminated from the show had happened and I had actually survived the chopping block before. We had an incredible run and there aren’t any hard feelings. This isn’t a Tyra thing. This is a network thing. My contract was so exclusive that it was holding me back from other projects.”