When America’s Next Top Model begins its 19th cycle this year, it will do so without any of the original judges besides Tyra Banks. Actually, it’ll do so without any of the judges that were around just one season ago (again, except for Banks).
Banks announced yesterday that longtime judges Nigel Barker, “Miss” J. Alexander and Jay Manuel would not have their contracts renewed by the CW (the fate of the panel’s newest member, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, was not immediately known). The need to revamp the show to combat recent record low ratings has been thrown around as an excuse for the firings, but it’s probably more likely that Banks just couldn’t stand to have anyone but herself on the judging panel any longer. Because Banks is a narcissist.
In a statement to TMZ, Barker said, ”Good luck to whoever [replaces me]. I would imagine it’s a tricky thing to replace someone who’s going on their 19th season.”
If you consider cloning Banks a few times for an all-Tyra panel “tricky,” then yes. Tricky!