America's Next Top Model Shake-Up: Who's Out?

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Hmmm.... upon second thought, perhaps we should change the headline of this post to: America's Next Top Model Shake-Up: Who is NOT Out?

Indeed, Tyra Banks has cleaned house at her long-running reality show, firing three veteran personalities, all of whom have been with the series since its first cycle in 2003:

  1. J. Alexander, who served as a runway trainer/mentor to the models.
  2. Jay Manuel, the show's creative director.
  3. Nigel Barker, a photographer/panelist.
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America's Next Top Model is currently in its 18th season, a cycle dubbed "British Invasion" because it features a handful of international hopefuls.

An ANTM insider tells The New York Post that "major changes" are planned for the following season, hence this wholesale changes.

“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," Executive producer Ken Mok said in a statement. "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.”

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I am disgusted with the firing of the two j's and nigel. Their TV ratings will go down with the cast they have now. Everybody hates the fat butt that took Andr's seat. She's mean. no soul.

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I cant believe this!i've heard she a b.... but now we know she is!I like those men Missj is funny, j.Manual is awesome, and Nigel is a gentleman. !tyra bad move ratings or not you have lost alot of respect froI will me and many others. You don't know what you have till its gone.I don't think Ill be watching antm anymore.And whst happened to Dominique on the all-stars? she just left?she wanted to be a model so very much why would she leave?

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Embarrassed that I know this, but I'm pretty sure that Nigel was not part of ANTM until cycle 2... This show is on its last legs, IMO; it'll be weird without them. I wonder what prompted this.