Nigel Barker Speaks Out About Tyra Banks, Getting Fired From ANTM

America’s Next Top Model underwent a major facelift for its 19th cycle, the most drastic change being the replacement of the judges we all know and love: Jay Manuel, Miss J. Alexander, and Nigel Barker. Now Barker, a respected fashion photographer, has come out with a few things to say about the show’s executive producer, Tyra Banks.

The trio landed on the chopping block in April, and the current season premiered Aug. 24 featuring Bryanboy, Kelly Cutrone, and Rob Evans at the judging table. We heard a comment from Barker via Twitter right after he was let go, but other than that, he’s been mum about the issue until now. This is what Barker told Page Six about Tyra and how he feels about getting fired:

“I know it was tough on [Tyra] as well. It’s never easy to fire someone, least of all, of course, a friend. At the same time, this is business and things change. She’s a good girl, a strong woman, and she’s done a lot with her life.”

Very classy, no? Despite having gotten the axe and making the move to Naomi Campbell‘s new reality modeling competition The Face, Barker says he’ll be tuning in for this cycle of ANTM:

“It’s a great show. The bottom line is, I’m happy for her, and we’re [Barker and wife Crissy] onto bigger and better things ourselves. We’re excited for the next chapter in all our lives.”

We still don’t know how Miss J. and Jay Manuel feel, but we hope they have the same positive outlook on the situation as Barker does and that we see them doing new, great things very soon!

[Page Six]

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