After 22 cycles, “America’s Next Top Model” will be coming to an end. The CW confirmed that the current cycle will be the modeling competition shows final, with a December 4th finale date. The network will likely air a retrospective special early in 2016.
The show’s host and executive producer, Tyra Banks, took to twitter to break the news. She wrote, “Thinking #ANTM22 should be our last cycle. I truly believe it’s time. May your pics be forever fierce. Keep on Smizing!” She later posted a longer statement on Instagram, stating, “I am SO proud of what Top Model has done.”
TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time. 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. Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. 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. 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. Fierce & Love, ????Tyra
“America’s Next Top Model” premiered on UPN in May 2003. It later went to the CW in September 2006 after a merger between UPN and The WB. The original judges were Banks, Janice Dickinson, Beau Quillian, and Kimora Lee Simmons. Currently, the judges include Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and J. Alexander.