America’s Next Top Model To End After 22 Seasons

Looks like America’s Next Top Model is no longer in the running for anything, because its current season will also be its last.

You read right. After 12 years and 22 seasons, The CW announced that the reality competition series will end its run, with a series finale set for December 4.

Tyra Banks has hosted and executive produced ANTM with Ken Mok since its premiere in May 2003 on UPN. She made a lengthy goodbye letter to the series, saying, “I truly believe it’s time.”

“#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.”

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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

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ANTM was one of UPN’s top-rated programs. Following the merger of UPN and The CW, it became the first program to air on The CW in its September 2006 debut. The show featured high profile insiders from the fashion industry, including Janice Dickinson, Twiggy, Andre Leon Talley, and Nigel Barker.

During ANTM’s run, Banks, a former supermodel herself, launched her own self-titled syndicated daytime talk show in 2005. It lasted five seasons.

Just last month, she launched a new lifestyle syndicated talk show called FabLife where she is accompanied by four lifestyle experts who round up the show with different areas of expertise.

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The CW president, Mark Pedowitz, also released a statement regarding ANTM and its concluding season.

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,” he 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.”

To commemorate the show, The CW is putting together a retrospective programme to broadcast in 2016.

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