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Tyra Banks Confirms the Exit of 'America's Next Top Model' Three Longtime Co-Stars

April 20, 2012 09:06:27 GMT

Judge Nigel Barker, runway coach J. Alexander as well as photo shoot director Jay Manuel will no longer be part of The CW's reality show in its upcoming 19th cycle.


Tyra Banks Confirms the Exit of 'America's Next Top Model' Three Longtime Co-Stars
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"America's Next Top Model" is undergoing a big shakeup as it is gearing up to launch its new season next fall. On Thursday, April 19, executive producer/host Tyra Banks confirmed that longtime co-stars Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel are leaving the show.

"Fierce & love 2 my @NigelBarker, @MrJayManuel & Miss J. #ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us," so the model wrote to address the departures. Showing that he has no hard feelings, Barker replied, "@tyrabanks best of luck with cycle 19, It has been a pleasure working with you the past 8 years. Much love Nigel."

Fashion photographer Barker joined the show as a judge since the first season, Alexander had been a runaway coach since the second season, while photo shoot director Manuel appeared in every episode since the inaugural season. According to the New York Post, the trio's contracts are not being renewed.

"ANTM" is currently airing its 18th cycle which pits seven models from previous seasons of "Britain's Next Top Model" against seven American model hopefuls. The next season will feature fresh talent scouted from campuses across the nation.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by DumbTyra on Aug 15, 2012
Totally agree... Tyra is the worst. If she does anything else with her goddamn book then it will be unbearable. She's so phoney and self-absorbed, the co-stars were the only part that made it tolerable.
posted by antmheartallison on Apr 20, 2012
I can't believe it... she's officially going to ruin the show.

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