Miss J. Alexander, Jay Manuel, and noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker have been dismissed from America’s Next Top Model after 18 seasons. Now who’s going to teach aspiring models how to walk a runway and take fierce photographs?
Page Six reports that the judges’ contracts weren’t renewed because of a “production decision” to amp up social media efforts. Producers have reportedly been in touch with bloggers like Bryan Boy and fashion insiders with a strong Internet following to be on the show.
Banks and Barker awkwardly said their farewells to each other via Twitter:
@tyrabanks best of luck with cycle 19, It has been a pleasure working with you the past 8 years. Much loveNigel
— Nigel Barker (@NigelBarker) April 20, 2012
But Alexander doesn’t have a Twitter, and Manuel is too busy to update us on his situation:
— Jay Manuel (@MrJayManuel) April 19, 2012
Bryan Boy hasn’t confirmed or denied reports. But if the rumors are indeed true and he accepts a spot on the judges’s panel, he’ll be making even more dough than he already does.