Tyra Banks Fires Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, & Jay Manuel From America’s Next Top Model
This has to be the most shocking elimination yet.
Without so much as a lengthy deliberation, Tyra Banks, the creator of America’s Next Top Model, just announced that photographer Nigel Barker, 38, runway coach J. Alexander, 53, and creative director Jay Manuel, 39, will not be returning next season to the popular modeling reality series that has been giving viewers an inside look at the world of modeling since 2003.
“Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, and J. Alexander have been an integral part of the America’s Next Top Model brand and they helped turn this show into the household name it is today,” executive producer Ken Mok said in an official statement. “They have been amazing assets to the show and will always be a part of the Top Model family. We will continue to actively work with each of them on future projects.”
After informing the guys that their contracts would not be renewed, the 38-year-old supermodel made an official statement via Facebook.”To my Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Mr Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America’s Next Top Model,” Tyra wrote. “Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us.”
According to Nigel, the news wasn’t a surprise at all. “It wasn’t a shock. I’m friends with Tyra and the producers,” he told E! News. “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.”
Despite all attempts to make this split look amicable, Miss J hinted that not all things were happy in model land. “After 18 cycles, I found myself in the bottom three and Tyra pulled a surprise triple elimination,” Miss J told Us Weekly. “I didn’t even get to runway for my life!”