Just when we thought Kelly Cutrone's appointment as a judge was the last big change on 'America's Next Top Model', the show's producers confirmed that that is not the end to the line-up changes. After 18 cycles Jay Manuel, J. Alexander and judge Nigel Barker have all been given the axe.
According to Page Six, all three were informed yesterday that their contracts would not be renewed for cycle 19 and interestingly, reports allege that producers are looking for a blogger to join the panel. 'We hear producers are looking to add a social media slant to the sow, and they've already reached out to bloggers and fashion insiders with a strong web presence, including street-style blogger Bryan Boy,' Page Six wrote. Fashionista contacted Bryan who revealed that contrary to reports, he hasn't bee n approached. 'I love Tyra and ANTM - I thin it would be amazing to make a cameo (hello Andre! hello Franca!) but no, nothing is in the works as of now,' he told the site. 'This is the first time I heard of this.'
A shake-up seems to make sense. While I've always been a fan of Banks', the show has felt a bit stale over the last few years so it's about time that things were updated. Saying that, it's going to be sad to see them leave. The judging scene will not quite be the same without the signature 'Nigel Barker, noted fashion photographer' intro, no? More seriously, who will give us quips like 'walk the rent is due tomorrow' like J. Alexander?
Which blogger would you want to see on the panel?
UPDATE: Nigel Barker commented on being dropped from the show today saying: 'Good luck to whoever [replaces me]. I would imagine it's a tricky thing to replace someone who's going on their 19th season. Who knows if this [revamp] is going to work? I don't necessarily think it's a good idea...maybe it will work. Maybe it won't. I wish them luck.'