Tyra Banks explains ANTM mass-firing: “We feel the show needs a new boost”

Here are some photos of Tyra Banks at last night’s Time 100 event. Tyra was probably mad because she and Rihanna wore somewhat similar dresses (and Rihanna looked better). Does anyone else look at Tyra and think, “Yes. That’s the face of a woman who has gone mad with power”? As for the actual dress – it’s pretty awful. That butt dust-ruffle doesn’t photograph well, and in some shots it actually makes Tyra’s ass look comically oversized. I can’t find the designer ID for the dress, but I’m guessing that it’s Marchesa. It’s got a Marchesa look (ill-fitting, unflattering, cheap-looking).

Last week, Tyra fired EVERYONE on America’s Next Top Model. Well, she fired all of the scene-stealers who made the show mildly watchable: Miss J (J. Alexander), Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker. Tyra talked about the firings a few days ago:

Tyra Banks shocked America’s Next Top Model fans when she fired her panel of experts — Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander — but the show’s hostess says cleaning house was a necessary evil.

“We reached a point where [we] feel the show needs a new boost,” Banks, 39, told Access Hollywood at New York City’s Matrix Awards, just days after news broke that she had let her trusted colleagues go.

Photographer Barker, runway coach Alexander and creative director Manuel have been with America’s Next Top Model since its inception in 2003, but Banks confirmed via Facebook Friday that the trio would not return for Cycle 18.

“It’s very difficult because I love my guys — they’re my guys,” Banks told Access, adding that she wouldn’t rule out working with the men in the future. “My partner Ken Mok and I have projects we’re developing, and we’re a family — it doesn’t end.”

[From Us Weekly]

I feel like it would have never occurred to Tyra that ANTM could be in a slump because of Tyra. I feel that way about mass firings on political campaigns too – like, when a candidate “cleans house” and fires half of his or her staff, as if that’s going to really change the problems with the candidate. Tyra is “the face” of ANTM – if the show is in a slump, it’s because of her, you know?

Anyway, Miss J went to Us Weekly after he was fired and said, “After 18 cycles, I found myself in the bottom three and Tyra pulled a surprise triple elimination. I didn’t even get to runway for my life!” So being fired came as a shock to Miss J – but Nigel knew something was up. Nigel told E! News, “It wasn’t a shock. I’m friends with Tyra and the producers. There had been a discussion that ratings were down and that something like this would happen. There had been previous years where discussions about me being eliminated from the show had happened and I had actually survived the chopping block before. We had an incredible run and there aren’t any hard feelings. This isn’t a Tyra thing. This is a network thing. My contract was so exclusive that it was holding me back from other projects.” Nigel will have new projects, I’m sure. But where will Miss J go?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. cassius. says:

    she looks like she is playing dress up in her mom’s clothes and they took in the dress with safety pins. seriously bad dress.

  2. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I also thing that what doesn’t occur to some of this executives is that the idea has been played out. Maybe it just needs to end?

    • mln76 says:

      agreed they had a good run but the premise can’t last forever. I am sure everyone made a pile of cash out of it it’s time to call it a day.

      • Aqua says:

        Yes,sometimes you just need to know when it’s time to let go.

      • LittleDeadGirl says:

        Exactly. I’ve watched the show off and on and it’s been a fun idea. I can’t stand Tyra but to be honest she’s not the main reason I don’t watch the show anymore. It’s just been played out. So many great shows last way too long. It’s had a good run. Move on.

      • Red Granny says:

        The best boost for the show would be to fire Tyra and to get boozed 😀

    • Minty says:

      Yup. ANTM, Survivor, Big Brother, Real Housewives, and The Bachelor/Bachelorette need to be permanently axed. Those shows have long outstayed their welcome. They paved the way for that crapfest called Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

  3. Jessica says:

    What is wrong with the top front of that dress???

  4. QQ says:

    That Dress is Awful

    and you are right, probably crappy Marchessa

    God Bless Miss J

    • tator says:

      that is the same version of another
      dust ruffle she wore to a gala before? Ms. J wouldn’t be caught in such a tragedy .

    • tator says:

      that is the same version of another
      dust ruffle she wore to a gala before? Ms. J wouldn’t be caught in such a tragedy .

  5. Jenna says:

    What is she trying to do there with her eyes in the second and third pic? Unleash some freaky power or something? Compel people to watch her show? o_O

  6. Sa11i says:

    ANTM is boring because it stopped being a real modeling show (i think it was more realistic the first season) and became your average overly dramatic reality show with girls pretending to be models. Miss J made that show tolerable throughout its descent into jersey shore antics so I’m sad to see him leave. and Nigel is hot. meh, so over Tyra. I stopped watching her talk show when she started berating guests rather than letting them speak.

  7. jess says:

    Does anyone even still watch that show?

  8. Jennifer says:

    Her show, her money. She can do whatever she wants.

  9. Ainsley says:

    I just watched a few re-runs of this show after I had not seen it for awhile and the thing that annoyed me was Tyra and how repetitive she is with the eliminations. She repeats the exact same lines on each episode with this faux serious tone. The people who were kicked off were the people who made the show fun and light. They should change up the format for a season and if that doesn’t work then just end it.

  10. Flea says:

    This show seems like just a platform for Tyra to remind people what she used to be and attempt to convince people she still is by promoting faux Tyra worship.

    Other things they could squash:

    The ridiculous music videos?

    The sm-eyes & booty tooch lessons?

    Finding a way to cover the girls in food products?

    Pretending like modeling requires higher level thought processes and not genetic luck?

    Anything that involves Tyra will always be overly vapid because that’s the part of her that developed fully.

  11. layla says:

    The ratings are down because this show is ridiculous…. sure , I still occasionally watch it (girlie guilty pleasure) but its increasingly stupid premise, ridiculous contestants and blatant Banks product pushing is its downfall.

    I’d actually love to watch a show on modelling. Ya know…. where its about actually modelling/fashion industry and not who has the “best” (read as: most ridiculous) personality.

  12. Zombie Nurse says:

    Wow that dress is making Tyra look a bit, uh, husky. That is not your dress Tyra! Actually, that’s probably not anybody’s dress.

  13. Hanna says:

    She scares me

  14. Lila says:

    Her posing is freaking me out. Does she not watch her own show? She would totally call out a contestant with those crazy eyes!

    • Edith Johnson says:

      I met Tyra back in the early 80’s as a young girl. Her eyes are light green and not as green as she has made them over the years. She’s wearing colored contacts. We both had the same color eyes, she just bought hers a lot greener now. She’s a HOT MESS!! I’m just seeing these old shows, lol…

  15. Tastykakes says:

    I really like her hair & lipstick here but the dress is busted. And I only watched the first ANTM & contend I made the right choice stopping there.

  16. Zelda says:

    Miss J will runway off into the sunset, where the lighting is always good and the cowboys are always handsome.

    Tyra will die of an embollism trying to find out who painted her roses red.

  17. Blue says:

    Damn she looks creepy.
    That dress…… that is probably the WORST dress I’ve seen on any one in a long time. Like they just draped her with fabric and hoped it stayed put

  18. Jezi says:

    I totally agree, the problem with the show is Tyra. She is a narcissistic asswipe who has to always talk about herself. For example, if a girl does something, Tyra also has that experience but of course Tyra has handled it better. “I was once really sick on a photoshoot. I was throwing up and had malaria but yet when the camera went up, I had to be on and I killed that photoshoot.” Or my favorite, “I like your smolder here but instead of like that, try like this…you see the difference?” Ah no Tyra, I don’t see the difference. I never saw it when you would move your face a centimeter to the left. She is a clown.

    Plus the show is boring because it is the same thing over and over with much more elaborate photoshoots. Like having the models lather themselves in blood and run from a Lion.

    • gg says:

      😆 this! ^ hahah, perfect.

      I love how they pretend these extreme shoots are supposed to be normal in the modeling world. It’s just abusive if you ask me.

      My favorite is when somebody challenges her and it all blows up. I loved it when a girl acted like it was no big deal when she got canned and told the girls it was okay, it didn’t mean anything, and then Tyra showed her ass and flipped out and started screaming at the girl saying she was screaming because she loved her. It was hilarious. When divas implode.

      • Jezi says:

        I totally remember that girl. Wasn’t her name Tiffany or something? Tyra told her she wasted people’s time because another girl could’ve filled her spot and she was so disappointed in her because she KNEW she could’ve been somebody. As if now the girl is a nobody again. LOL.

  19. Jackson says:

    Terrible dress. And did she have a little work done? She’s looking…different…in a tweaked kind of way.

  20. Gene Parmesan says:

    ‘Tyr’ant ‘B’itch

  21. cupidityrox says:

    What she means is she neeeded an ego boost. She’s horrible & needs to go away

  22. daz says:

    she’s started using the ROYAL ‘WE’. No case of ego there.

  23. Jayna says:

    Nigel didn’t blame Tyra and said they talked personally and were fine. He blamed the network for not supporting the show and nor promoting it enough and said the failing ratings were due to that, that most didn’t know it was still on. I agree. I wouldn’t know it was still I’n my niece didn’t talk about it.

  24. Ron says:

    Perhaps the problem is Tyra. She seems to be ine very challenge. she’s a phototgrapher, she’s a stylist, she’s in a bubble above their heads… enough!

    And please, any bitch who would actively choose that dress, which makes her look thick and patently doesn;t fit her right, has no business telling others what to wear and how to work it.

  25. Rio says:

    Around 10 years ago I was working at a chi-chi clothing store and Tyra Banks walked in. The rest of the shopgirls went completely crazy and when my manager told me that she was in our store, I in my nerdy innocence, looked up and asked “Who’s Tyra Banks?”

    I received a look not unlike photo #2. What you can’t see in the image is that she’s shooting death-lazers out of those eyes.

  26. Sara says:

    Perhaps people are over the show because these women really never become big time models after the show. How many top models can you have that never become top models?

  27. Lisa says:

    The show hit its zenith around cycle 5 (Nicole Linkletter won and Lisa D’Amato debuted her craziness) IMO. I’ve been a dedicated fan for a while but I grew tired of the show when all the girls ended up fitting the same roles each season. There was the sassy black girl who had a chip on her shoulder and only made one friend, the bitchy blonde who “wasn’t there to make friends”, the plus sized girl who never made it to final five, the quirky brunette who sometimes won or at least made it to top three, blah blah blah.

    What they NEED to do is do a full male model cycle or a full plus sized cycle. They did a petite cycle, why not expand on that idea? Seriously, there has been what, eighteen cycles of the same old crap? Like I said, five was enough. Eighteen is jumping the shark territory.

    • Beatriz says:

      omg I have been thinking this for a while! That they should do a cycle with only men. How funny would it be to see guys freaking out about poses and their weight, now that I would totally watch xD

      • Braxton says:

        I second that, we SHOULD have a men’s cycle! But it would be so awkward with Tyra as the host. 😛

  28. mel2 says:

    OMG she’s had something done to her face. Looks like botox and another nose job.

  29. wunder says:

    Miss J should have his OWN show.

    He’s the only one who made ANTM bearable!

  30. Ally says:

    The show screwed up when it did not invest in actually making the first seasons’ winners stars — with real modelling contracts, magazine exclusives and high visibility campaigns (not promotional inserts in magazines and Wal Mart displays).

    Since the show did not invest in that, it clearly only exists to boost Tyra’s ego and sell ad space during its airing. It has spawned dozens of franchises around the world, though, which don’t have the Tyra crazy, are produced more professionally and actually create moderately successful working models. So Tyra will keep raking it in whether she’s on TV or not.

    The only parts of ANTM that were still interesting were the photo shoots and the go-see episodes, and even those have now become minor, edited-into-insignificance parts of the show (e.g. with the go-sees, I want to see the actual appointments, not some fake nonsense about rushing around without maps). So I stopped watching a couple of seasons ago.

    Why does every interesting reality show devolve into identi-kit quasi-scripted personality clashes? It’s predictable, repetitive and boring. If I watch ANTM it’s for modelling, photography and fashion. If I watch Project Runway, it’s for design and creation with fabric. The drummed up “people drama” is lazy and uninteresting.

    Btw, how is it that hasn’t Tyra dated Kanye yet? Another perfect match at famewhore-date.com

  31. Kim says:

    I like the show alot but over the years Ive watched less because of Tyra herself. My least favorite parts are when Tyra is on. She is just to “on” and into herself. I think she thinks she is relatable and a mother figure to the girls but she isnt.

    Nigel doesnt do a ton for me either. There are hundreds of great fashion photographers they could hire.

    But I do love Jay & love when he is on the show because he is a character in and of himself.

    This season wasnt marketed at all. I didnt even know the new season was or had started until I saw it was taped on my tv recordings.

  32. moo says:

    Aweful dress…. we used to watch that show about 4 years ago….. it’s so boring. And Tyra should’ve fired herself before the other 3 – she’s the worst!

  33. BlackSwan777 says:

    Lies! Tyra is a massive bitch and everyone knows it true.

  34. daisy says:

    damn she tries too hard to smize!

  35. Annabelle says:

    I saw Tyra in person about three years ago at the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. She’s really quite average looking in person. Her head seemed really tiny in proportion to her body and she looked quite a bit older than she does in these pictures. She wasn’t wearing a lot of makeup so her skin didn’t look that vibrant. But I’m not suprised by the shakeup at ANTM. She’s always been arrogant and her ego knows no bounds.

  36. Braxton says:

    Tyra’s got it backwards! Keep Nigel and the Jays, CUT CUTRONE! 🙁

  37. Caro says:

    I’m currently watching re-runs of cycle 9, which I didn’t actually see the first time around, and I’m finding Tyra so hard to stomach! Telling ebony she is unattractive because she is a quitter? At least she was honest and didn’t keep wasting their time. She was miserable and didn’t think the show was for her. She didn’t like the reality aspect. When Tyra put her down for wanting to leaving I was like “oh no, she did not!.” have a look at Victorias interviews, too. There’s some really funny stuff that they didn’t air.

  38. miss jay sexy says:

    i think they demanded more pay but miss tyra doesnt want to share the loot with people who helped her get it. ill miss nigel.