Don't cry because it's over, smize because it happened.
"America's Next Top Model," the reality television model competition hosted and executive produced by Tyra Banks, will not return for another season after cycle 22 ends on Dec. 4. The show debuted 13 years ago on UPN and joined The CW in 2006 when the two networks merged.
The news broke Wednesday when Banks tweeted that the current season "should be our last cycle," and posted a long statement to Instagram about how proud she is of the show's global impact and encouraging fans to love their bodies. "May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce," she said. Banks made the news official in another tweet and The CW also confirmed the news to Fashionista.
However, we've learned that The CW is considering a retrospective special that would air in late 2016. In a statement, the network's President Mark Pedowitz thanked Banks and Executive Producer Ken Mok "for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the US, but all across the world."
According to The Atlantic, the show airs in over 150 countries and has more than 40 international versions. Ratings declined around the time photographer Nigel Barker, photo shoot director Jay Manuel and runway coach J. Alexander all left before cycle 19. Few contestants from the show have established substantial careers, though model Chantelle Brown-Young and actress Analeigh Tipton are among the exceptions. "America's Next Top Model" did, however, make household names out of the memorable cast of judges and coaches it featured alongside Banks including Barker, Manuel, Alexander, Twiggy, Janice Dickinson, Kelly Cutrone, André Leon Talley and Paulina Porizkova.
Tune into the final episode on Friday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET and read Banks's full Instagram statement below.
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,