Tyra Banks, the host and producer of "America's Next Top Model", has released a statement regarding the mayhem caused by the show's audition in New York City last Saturday, March 14. In a joint statement with producer Ken Mok, the supermodel says that they are "concern" but promise to proceed with the audition for the 13th cycle.
"We are concerned by the events that occurred Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of the New York City casting call for the next cycle of America's Next Top Model," the statement on The CW official site read. "At this time, we still don't know all the details of what happened or what triggered the incident. We appreciate the efforts of the NYPD and will assist them in any way possible in this matter."
The chaos happened mid the audition and the police was forced to shut it down when things were getting out of control. Many hopefuls, some of whom have camped overnight, were disappointed of not getting a shot at the casting. To this Banks responded, "To all the 'Top Model' hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren't seen, get an opportunity to audition."
"We'll update you on our plans very soon. It is so important to me to redefine beauty, and make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream. I am beyond excited for Cycle 13." The show is admitting women below 5'7" to participate in the new season. "I encourage each girl to come out ready to rock the runway and show off their fiercest pose," she continued. "I'm rooting for all of you!"
Meanwhile, Manhattan police are blaming the show for not organizing properly and failing to notify them when the crowd got larger. "The producer of the show didn't notify the NYPD, so there were no cops specifically assigned there," a police official told the New York Daily News. "They needed to alert the police before the event."