Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel Departing Top Model
J. Alexander, Nigel Barker and Jay Manuel
America's Next Top Model judges J. Alexander and Nigel Barker, and mentor Jay Manuel are leaving at the end of next season.
"After many fun filled years with America's Next Top Model, I will not be returning to the program for cycle 19," Barker wrote on his blog late Thursday night.
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Host and executive producer Tyra Banks later confirmed all three departures. "Fierce & love 2 my @NigelBarker, @MrJayManuel & Miss J. #ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO TyTy," she tweeted.
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