Credit: Jackson Lee / Splash News Photo: Nigel Barker in NYC on April 24, 2012

Anyone else been in bed all week clutching a box of tissues and watching America's Next Top Model re-runs? For those of you who haven't heard — and don't shoot the messenger! — Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, and Jay Manuel all got the boot from ANTM last week.

We're sure you're as crushed as we are, but hang in there, guys — it looks like Nigel is doing just fine. Seen for the first time since the firing, the former ANTM photographer looked like his happy and dapper self while out and about in NYC yesterday (April 24).

After all, the bald-headed hunk told Wetpaint Entertainment last week all about his exciting new plans. Aside from focusing on a cosmetics line called Beauty Equation with his wife Chrissy, the talented Nigel is also working on a men's skincare line, shooting a campaign with Nine West and one for Pamella Roland, and, on top of it all, hoping to direct his first feature film.

No wonder this man has so much to smile about! We can't wait to see what the future holds for the dashing Nigel.

Catch the next episode of ANTM Cycle 18 on Wednesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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