“We've reached a point, where we feel that the show just needs a new boost,” Tyra explained to Access Hollywood, “and there's a lot of people that go into that decision. And it's very difficult because I love my guys. I mean, they’re my guys. They’ve been there since the beginning of the show. But they'll still be there because my partner [ANTM executive producer] Ken Mok and I, we have projects that we’re developing, and we’re a family, so it doesn’t end."
The “new boost” idea suggests it was indeed a ratings-based decision, so Nigel was probably right about that. But if it “doesn’t end” then maybe we’ll see Nigel and the Js again pretty soon?
Watch the video below for more from Tyra.
Catch the next episode of ANTM Cycle 18 on Wednesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.