Nigel Barker Dropped by ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Tyra Banks Tweet
Tyra Banks Tweet
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Tyra Banks Tweet

It looks like America’s Next Top Model is ready for a shakeup.

The show, which airs on the CW network, has reportedly said goodbye to Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander.

The show’s creator, and host, Tyra Banks, confirmed the news of their departure through Twitter, saying: “Fierce & love 2 my @NigelBarker, @MrJayManuel & Miss J. #ANTMturned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO TyTy.”

Barker then sent Tyra a tweet, wishing her the best of luck for the show’s 19 cycle.

“It has been a pleasure working with you the past 8 years,” he said.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the femme-skewing network released an official statement that read: “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.”

In a blog post published on Friday, Barker, who has been on the show for the past eight years, said he would miss the cast and crew, adding that ANTM will always have a special place in his heart.

“This change will allow me to take on new projects and turn my attention to other business prospects in the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment,” he said. “I also have a number of new ventures that have been in the works, and I look forward to sharing them with you very soon – Stay tuned!”