Lights Out for ‘America’s Next Top Model’

After a successful 22 season-run and 12 years on-air, Tyra Banks and the CW network have announced that they will end “America’s Next Top Model”  on Dec. 4. 

 

After the series finale on Dec. 4, producers are reportedly planning to air a possible special later next year that delves into the impact that “ANTM” has had over the years.

 

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Tyra Banks, who hosted and executive produced the show throughout its duration, took to Instagram to post a lengthy message announcing the end of “ANTM” and the show’s undeniable impact. 

 

 

“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,” she wrote. 

 

 

Check out more of Tyra’s Instagram message below.

TYRA MAIL! Thinking #ANTM22 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” first aired on UPN in 2003 and was one of the network’s top-rated shows. Later, when UPN merged with the CW network, “ANTM” still proved to be a success and a cultural phenomenon.

 

But now that CW is reportedly focused on targeting an older audience demographic, reality competitions such as “ANTM” are becoming less of a focus. 

 

 

But despite the change, it’s safe to say that “ANTM” will be missed. The countless seasons of smizing will never be forgotten. 

 

What are your thoughts on the end of “ANTM?” 

 

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Story From: Variety, E! News