America’s Next Top Model has been on the air for eighteen whopping seasons, and the show owes a good chunk of its success to the flippant quips and over-the-top walk of Miss J, the alien-like hair, creative direction, and hosting skills of Mr. Jay, and the straight-up-fine Britishness of former model Nigel Barker. Oh yeah, and Tyra Banks’ smizing and tantrums aimed at underachieving, but very pretty, contestants. As of yesterday, the franchise, which has imitation versions all over the world, has officially let go of Miss J (aka Jay Alexander), Mr. Jay (aka Jay Manuel), and Nigel to move in another direction. All three of the cast members have been with show since it began in 2003.

ANTM has launched the careers of numerous women who have either continued to model or, like Eva Marcille or Tocarra Jones, moved into acting and related endeavors. The rumor mill is saying that Tyra specifically wanted to get rid of the three men, but the official word is that the show would like to move in a social media direction and instead of focusing on traditional fashion insiders will seek bloggers and online personalities. Tyra (and the producers) undoubtedly want to turn a program that used to be a can’t-miss event and has now become a bit stale into something that people love to watch again.

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Do you watch Top Model? How do you think the changes will affect the show?

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  • danny

    I miss the old A.N.T.M :( . This new version kills everything. The male judge deosnt even act like he’s a judge !! I dont like this system with points . Now the gilrs have an idea of where they sorta stand. All I can say is i want the judges back :'(

  • J

    I don’t like the new format and really don’t like that she got rid of nigel, Jay and Miss Jay. i also dont’ like that she deviated from the original format. it appears that she is making the show all about her more than about the competition and the girls that are trying to be on top. i have watched the last two seasons 18 and 19, but have not enjoyed them as much as in the past. its clear tyra doesn’t know why fans watch the show. it’s not about her for me, that is for sure. i loved the J’s and nigel as much if not more than Tyra. they are as much a part of the fabric of that show as she is. if i am to continue watching i need to see them on the show regularly.

  • Amanda

    I fell in love with ANTM because of Miss Jay, Mr. Jay, and Nigel. This is ridiculous.