‘America’s Next Top Model’ Canceled After 22 Seasons; Tyra Banks Reacts
America’s Next Top Model, hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, will end its lengthy run on The CW following its current Cycle 22.
America’s Next Top Model Canceled
The CW president Mark Pedowitz announced the network’s decision not to renew the longest-running reality series on broadcast on Thursday, reported Deadline.
“America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” said Pedowitz. “I want to thank Tyra and Ken for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S., but all across the world.”
Banks subsequently took to Instagram to reflect on the show’s many successes, and to explain why Cycle 22 is a good place for America’s Next Top Model to end.
“Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time,” Banks wrote. “Our diehard fans know we’ve expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it’s time. It really is.”
“#ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world,” Banks went on. “I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we’d do 22 cycles. Whoa! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That’s amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed.”
Banks continued, “I set out to create a show where Perfect is Boring. So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) – the stuff about you that makes you well…you. And I hope you’ve learned a heck of a lot from watching. I have an inkling you have. May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful. And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy.”
America’s Next Top Model premiered May 20, 2003 and went on to be the most successful reality series on The CW and the longest-running series on the network. While the ratings for the show aren’t what they were in its heyday, it’s still going out on a high.