How an Urgent Phone Call Pulled Tyra Banks Out of Harvard and Led to ANTM's Overhaul

Apparently, at Harvard Business School, they will interrupt your class for urgent phone calls. An example: America's Next Top Model's need for a revam
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Apparently, at Harvard Business School, they will interrupt your class for urgent phone calls. An example: America's Next Top Model's need for a revam
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Apparently, at Harvard Business School, they will interrupt your class for urgent phone calls. An example: America's Next Top Model's need for a revamp.

According to Page Six, Tyra Banks was in class at Harvard when she got a call from her higher-ups at the CW telling her to change the format of her long-running reality show. The phone call that lead to a major makeover and almost all-new cast went something like this: “I got a note that said you need to get out of class and take this call," she told the paper. "My boss said . . . there are no sacred cows, and you have to do some crazy changes. It was a mandate.”

She practically had a panick attack. She also told the Hollywood Reporter, "It was a phone call that left me nervous and shaking" and that when she went back to class she couldn't focus on the professor because she was "panicking."

That actually sounds so stressful. Who knew Tyra was under so much pressure? While some people might understandably be a little annoyed if their boss stressed them out like that while trying to focus on school, Tyra pointed out that school isn't the only place you can learn lessons: "Even though I went to business school, it was my boss that gave me a big lesson about rejuvenation and making something that's been around a long time fresh and exciting again."

It's true--ANTM has more buzz now than it has in years. Plus, after she got the call, she took a break from Harvard, went to Bali, and studied the first season on discs.