America’s Next Top Model is cleaning house heading into its 19th cycle next fall. Leaving the veteran CW reality series are longtime co-stars Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander. Top Model executive producer/star Tyra Banks confirmed the exits on Twitter. “Fierce & love 2 my Nigel, Jay & Miss J,” she wrote. “ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us.”
The departures come on the heels of historically low ratings for the current cycle of Top Model dubbed British Invasion. Its season premiere dived 45% in adults 18-49 from the previous cycle to log the franchise’s lowest-rated opener ever. According to the New York Post, the trio’s contracts are not being renewed. Photo shoot director Manuel and runaway coach Alexander have been with the show since the first season, photographer/judge Barker since the second. Manuel also has been Banks’ long-time personal make-up artist. Barker addressed his departure in a blog post Thursday night. “Many of you have come to know me over the past eight years on the show, during which we have shared numerous amazing adventures,” he wrote. “It has been an exciting chapter in my life.”
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