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ANTM Parts Ways With Long-time Cast Members Jay Manuel, Nigel Barker and J. Alexander

Page Six reports that after 18 cycles, Tyra Banks has dismissed creative director Jay Manuel, photographer Nigel Barker and runway coach J. Alexander from America’s Next Top Model. The three long-time cast members were notified yesterday that their contracts would not be renewed for cycle 19.

The dismissals are said to be part of a major shakeup at the show that will reportedly see “bloggers and fashion insiders with a strong Web presence” added to the show. Blogger Bryan Boy’s name is being thrown around, though he says “nothing is in the works as of now.”

Executive producer Ken Mok said in a statement: “Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander have been an integral part of the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ brand and they helped turn this show into the household name it is today. They 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.”

I’m gutted. How could you do this to me, Tyra? Miss J, Mr. Jay (who wrote a blog post about it) and Nigel have been fixtures in my life over the past 9 years (has it really been that long?!) of ANTM viewing. Where will I get my weekly Nigel fix from now on?

How do you feel about the firings, my fellow ANTM fans – are you as devastated as I am?

xx, S

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4 comments to ANTM Parts Ways With Long-time Cast Members Jay Manuel, Nigel Barker and J. Alexander

  • Pati

    This is not gonna be the same without them! I might not be watching cycle 19 :(

  • Kristyn

    ANTM lost one fan and thats me cause i wont watch it, it wont be the same, and yes people may say well that just means your not a true fan, well i have this to say I’m not watching it because I am a true fan, and it cant be ANTM without the three of them! Miss Ya:’(

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  • Lana

    Devastated doen’t even come close. I saw what the show is like without them… I will no longer be watching. The only ‘good’ thing I saw was the public being able to vote on out come. Still …. Not the same nor as good without those guys. Sorry Tyra. Love you but not happy AT all. :( Good luck with the new ANTM… You will need it

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