Tyra Banks Fires Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, AND Jay Manuel
Tyra Banks, the host and producer of the show, fired them and confirmed their departure via her Facebook page.
“To my Nigel Marker, Miss J, and Mr. Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America’s Next Top Mode. Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us,” she said.
Barker, Alexander, and Manuel have been a part of the show since its start back in 2003 and have served as an integral part of the show for 18 seasons.
Ken Mok, the executive producer released a statement saying that Barker, Manuel, and Alexander, “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.”
Both Barker and Manuel also took to their blogs to confirm the news, expressing their gratitude for their time on the show.
Cycle 19 of "America’s Next Top Model" is scheduled to premiere next fall.
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