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America's Next Top Model

Tyra Banks Explains ANTM Firings: “The Show Just Needs a New Boost”

It’s finally time for Tyra Banks to answer the question why — why, Tyra, why?!! — America's Next Top Model decided to dump her popular male co-judges Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander. Since very few fans have actually applauded the idea, and most of them seem to point the finger at show creator/host/executive producer Tyra, she does have a lot of splainin’ to do.

So why the mass dump?

“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.

Source: Access Hollywood

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04.25.2012 / 03:00 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
Related: America's Next Top Model, Interviews, Reality Gossip, TV Stars, Tyra Banks

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