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America's Next Top Model: Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, and J. Alexander Out

Top Model is no stranger to having members of panel coming and going in between seasons. In its 18 cycles, the series has had anywhere between three and five judges evaluating the contestants, with the likes of Janice Dickinson, Nole Marin, and Andre Leon Talley having served for multiple years. But never before has there been change like this.

According to Deadline, noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker, photo shoot director Jay Manuel, and runway diva coach extraordinaire J. Alexander are all on the way out after the current cycle. Reportedly, the contracts for all three weren't renewed, bringing to an end the tenure of three long-serving Top Model mentors. Barker had been the lone non-Tyra fixture at panel, having had a seat since cycle 2, while Alexander and Manuel each made their first appearance in cycle 1. There's no indication of how many replacements will be named or when we'll find out the look of the all new Top Model, but I'd bet that we'll hear at least some details for cycle 19 at the CW upfronts in May. Read More...


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