Tyra Banks Gives Axes to Nigel Barker J. Manuel & Jay Alexander from ANTM
Tyra Banks did not renew the contracts America's Next Top Model favorite Judges, Nigel Barker, J. Manuel & J. Alexander. They were reportedly informed of the news yesterday. The NY Post reports:
Model turned media mogul Tyra Banks swung the ax at her longtime “America’s Next Top Model” co-stars J. Alexander, Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker yesterday, dismissing three of the competition’s longest-running personalities in one fell swoop.
Sources tell Page Six that the three mentors were informed yesterday morning that their contracts would not be renewed for the next season.
Barker is a photographer and a judge on the program, while Alexander helped contestants work the catwalk as the “runway trainer.” Manuel served as the show’s creative director. All have been with the program since its inception, in 2003.
Nigel Barker Miss J & Jay Manuel
Tyra wrote on her Facebook page:
"To my Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Mr Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America's Next Top Model! Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us." XOXO, TyTy
Ken Mok, executive producer of the show, 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.”
Reportedly, there are major changes coming to the show.
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