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Tyra Banks shocked fans of her reality cult classic America’s Next Top Model when she fired Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel, three cast members who had been on the show for approximately one million years.

US Magazine reported this week that two replacements for the men have been announced, Katy Perry’s stylist Johnny Wujek and model Rob Evans will join publicist Kelly Cutrone at judge’s table.I’m a bit worried that Katy’s stylist is being added. I guess we’ll have to expect some really weird challenges next cycle. Who can shoot ice cream out of the cone bra the best a la Katy’s California Girls video is one idea.

Tyra also announced that the show would add a voting element, like almost every other reality show. “Cycle 19′s judging panel will include your votes, comments and video messages. You will have a say in which models stay… and who goes home.”

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Egomaniac and wanna-be media queen Tyra Banks recently shocked America’s Next Top Model fans by firing her long time co-judges Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, and J. Alexander (better known as “Miss Jay”). Can you imagine an ANTM universe without Miss Jay? I don’t think I want to, and it turns out, most fans don’t, either. It was bad enough when she fired the divine Andre Leon Talley and replaced him with Kelly Cutrone, but now this?

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Tyra Banks is cleaning house on America’s Next Top Model!

The host and executive producer gave walking papers to photographer Nigel Barker, runway coach J. Alexander and creative director Jay Manuel!

She confirmed news of the major overhaul on her Facebook page.

To my Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Mr Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America’s Next Top Model! Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO, TyTy

Rumor has it they were just told yesterday that their contracts wouldn’t be renewed for next season.

Wow, that’s a big shakeup!  I can’t wait to see who she replaces them with!

TELL US – ARE YOU GLAD TO SEE THEM GO? WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD REPLACE THEM? ARE YOU STILL WATCHING THE SHOW AFTER ALL THESE YEARS?

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It’s the season finale of America’s Next Top Model Cycle – oh, who knows. Brittani Kline, the trailer park queen from rural Pennsylvania and Molly O’Connell the angry, blonde adopted southern girl are the finalists. The finale takes place in amazing Morocco where the girls are filming their CoverGirl commercials then taking their CG glamour shots, shooting for Italian Vogue, and finally walking in a Vivienne Westwood fashion show. Tyra Banks has outdone herself this cycle!

The girls are meet individually with Ivan Bart, president of IMG models, who will be signing the winner of this cycle. He, predictably, likes both girls and notes their positive attributes, not giving away which one he would personally choose. Afterwards the girls meet Mister Jay Manuel to film their CoverGirl commercials for Liperfection Lipstick shot by Italian photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari.

Unlike previous seasons where the commercials were straight up disasters with no one being able to remember their lines or demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of ANY language, this year’s were pretty seamless. Brittani is rocking a serious femme fatale look, but while filming the commercial her self-confidence starts getting the best of her and she begins to cry – again! I think she has cried more than any other contestant in ANTM history. She needs one of those wristlet tissues cases old ladies carry to sop up all the impromptu waterworks. Once she sorts out her emotions and relaxed she actually did an amazing commercial highly praised by Mister Jay.

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ANTM Season 16

Ready or not, they’re she’s baaaack! Tyra Banks that is as the 16th cycle of America’s Next Top Model premieres tonight, because you know, all the previous winners of the 15 past seasons have all went on to become “top models.”

The show returns tonight with 14 new hopefuls competing for a contract with IMG Models, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia and an additional spread and cover of Beauty in Vogue; plus a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics.

Tyra leads the panel of judges, which includes fashion editor André Leon Talley and photographer Nigel Barker. Jay Manuel will serve as the photo shoot creative director while Miss J Alexander returns as the runway trainer. The full cast list is below -

  • Alexandria, 21; Height: 5′ 10″ Hometown: Newport Beach, California
  • Angelia, 20; Height: 5′ 10″ Hometown: Landstuhl, Germany
  • Brittani, 19; Height: 5′ 10″ Hometown: Beech Creek, Pennsylvania
  • Dalya, 21; Height: 5′ 9″ Hometown: Clear Lake, Texas
  • Dominique, 23; Height: 5′ 9″ Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Hannah, 20; Height: 5’10″ Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Jaclyn, 20; Height: 5′ 10″ Hometown: Belton, Texas
  • Kasia, 26; Height: 5′ 9″ Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois
  • Mikaela, 21; Height: 5′ 9″ Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
  • Molly, 22; Height: 5′ 10″ Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Monique, 19; Height: 5′ 11″ Hometown: Hebron, Illinois
  • Nicole, 20; Height: 5′ 11″ Hometown: Orlando, Florida
  • Ondrei, 18; Height: 5′ 7″ Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sara, 18; Height: 5′ 10″ Hometown: Rio Grand Valley, Texas

And on to tonight’s premiere as Tyra continues to prove she has no shame in her game by punking the 14 contestants. Yes, Tyra begins the show by telling the 14 finalists they didn’t make the cut and will be going home. The girls weep of course and try to find their luggages, only for Tyra to reveal it was all a joke! Very funny indeed.

Below is also a promo video in which Tyra mocks some of the most common types who appear at “ANTM” castings aka the girl that doesn’t really want to be there, the girl that is not there to make friends etc.  It’s actually pretty funny.

America’s Next Top Model airs tonight on the CW network at 8/7c.

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