America’s Next Top Model Is Returning Without Tyra Banks, So What Is Even the Point?
Just a few months ago, America's Top Model aired what we thought was its final episode ever, after 22 cycles and thousands of smizes. We were distraught and prayed every night to the gods of fierceness that the show would be returned to us. It looks like our prayers have been answered, because Top Model is being revived by VH1 for a new 14-episode season in New York City. Before you get too excited, though, you should know that Tyra Banks will not be returning as host.
Tyra, who will remain an executive producer on the show, released a statement explaining why you won't be hearing her say “I only have one photo left in my hand” anymore:
“After creating an incredible, global brand, I am beyond excited to have the show reborn. I will continue as executive producer, but must turn my attention to new business endeavors, so I want to find a new host. I’m pumped to identify that person and bring back the show. Top Model fans, you demanded that the show come back, and VH1 answered the call. Get ready for a fierce-a-fied rebirth!”
The show will also have a new panel of judges, which doesn't really concern me considering how often judges were replaced on ANTM over the years. I'm more upset about Tyra. She made that show what it was. How will they ever find anyone as experienced, hilarious and big-hearted as Tyra to fill her shoes? Will there be no more Tyra Mail? Will it be renamed after the new host? I'm so sad, you guys. I don't know if I want to watch the show without its fierce leader. We were rooting for her. We were all rooting for her. How dare she?
If we can no longer have Tyra back on our televisions teaching aspiring models how to booty tooch, let's at least hope that these “new business endeavors” of which she speaks include that Life-Size sequel we keep hearing about.