Earlier this week, Tyra Banks made the shocking announcement that Jay Manuel, J. Alexander, and Nigel Barker would not be returning to America’s Next Top Model for cycle 19. This is certainly shocking since all three have been a staple of the show since it began. Now, though, two of the three are speaking out about their eliminations and, while they, too, are certainly shocked, there doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings against Tyra.
Miss J. recently told Us Weekly (via Wetpaint) that, “After 18 cycles, I found myself in the bottom three and Tyra pulled a surprise triple elimination. I didn’t even get to runway for my life!”
Nigel Barker, on the other hand, talked to Wetpaint exclusively and claims that he isn’t too surprised about the firing, even going as far to blame it on the declining ratings. He and Tyra were obviously close, having worked together for so long, but he says that this doesn’t affect the friendship that the two have. He even admitted that he has a lot of respect for the super model.
Of course, even Nigel is aware that changing things up may not be the best thing for America’s Next Top Model, even noting that the fans liked the three judges. A new poll out even shows how upset fans truly are with this decision, with over 52% saying they won’t even tune into cycle 19!
What do you think about Miss J. and Nigel’s responses? Are you sad to see them go from America’s Next Top Model?
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