Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cancelled: 'America's Next Top Model' Comes to an End After 12 Years

Tyra, we were rooting for you!



After a 12 year run and 22 seasons (known as Cycles) Americas Next Top Model will end. The network announced it will not pick up the show for a 23rd Cycle. 

The series will air its final season on Dec. 4th (9 p.m. ET/PT). 

Supermodel Tyra Banks, who served as ANTM's execitive producer and a judge on the show, posted a lengthy post on her Instagram page including her thoughts about the show ending:


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
A photo posted by Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) on


CW president Mark Pedowitz issued a statement thanking Tyra and her fellow executive producer, Ken Mok, and acknowledging the show's success.

"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," Pedowitz said. "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." (via: USA Today)

CW is considering the possibility of broadcasting a retrospective special at some point in 2016.

Welp, farewell, ANTMl! You had a great run! 

Check out this classic throwback clip from season 4:


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