America’s Next Top Model Cancelled After 22 Cycles

Published: Wednesday 14th Oct 2015 by Sam

As the age old adage goes, “ride it ’til the wheels fall off.”

And while it’s arguable that ‘America’s Next Top Model’ has driven a long way past its glory days, today saw the keys officially removed from the ignition.

The CW have confirmed that the the Tyra Banks model-search will end after 22 seasons.

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Currently in its 22nd “cycle,” the network announced that they have opted not to pick up the show for a 23rd. The series will air its final ever episode with this season’s finale on December 4th – bringing an end to a staggering 12-year run.

ANTM, as often referred to by fans, premiered on May 20th 2003 on UPN, and was the first series to debut when the network rebranded as The CW on September 20th 2006. The CW is in discussions about doing a retrospective special that will air sometime in late 2016.

Speaking on the show’s history, Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW said:

“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.

I want to thank Tyra and [producer] Ken Mok for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S., but all across the world.”

Perhaps the PR angle to spin the story wasn’t unanimously decided upon, because Banks – who is currently fronting new daytime talker The Fab Life – took to Instagram to declare it her decision to end the show, citing it as “the right time”…

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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In all fairness, perhaps by the “right time” she means there’s no need pitch to another network as the show had reached its end.

And what a run it had! Though becoming a caricature of itself in recent years, ANTM boasted many a memorable moment and with its early to mid cycles introduced a multitude of still-visible names.

To its credit, it also fended off competition from similar shows, including Naomi Campbell‘s ‘The Face’ (which mysteriously disappeared last year). No small feat in the unforgiving world of TV.

So with that, America’s Next Top Model…we salute you!

Check out our favourite moment below…just because!

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  1. King Stephy October 14, 2015

    About damn time. Should’ve ended after the 20th season wrapped up. She had a great run tho.

    • toohotfortv October 14, 2015

      Yeah ok. Anyway, I’m not sure how it would be the networks decision to part ways. Didn’t this season open with record breaking viewership?

    • ana October 15, 2015

      This new Wiz is going to be a (Hot Mess). They should never of made a New Version.

  2. Digo October 14, 2015

    I can’t with your pseudo-poetic, rhetorical phrasings and pseudo-professional, useless comments. Industrial CEOs, creative executives, the real decision makers and professionals don’t read your lame ass caricature blog. You better be cancelled too. Until then just be thankful for those artists who’ve been feeding your amateurish ass for years.

  3. #JACKIE October 14, 2015

    I didn’t even know it still came on.

    • Bey da queen October 14, 2015

      I said the same thing about Ciara’s career

      • King Mark111 /.\ October 14, 2015


  4. Ciah’s Turtle October 14, 2015

    She had a great run

  5. CiMinaj October 14, 2015

    I stopped watching at about season 7. But it’s crazy i was surfing youtube one day and i came across a few videos from season’s i hadn’t watched. It reignited my interest and I said i would start watching again next season and I would even try out if there was a season after that. I guess to little too late. But 22 cycles and 12 years is an accomplishment. Tyra should be proud.

  6. DIABETES UNBOTHERED October 14, 2015

    The first season 2.0 was just okay for me. The second season however was really good… the best I’ve seen since cycle 9 a lot of cool cast members I like that keith won over the gay guy which brings me to my point. The 3 rd season was so bad I has to stop watching it cuz 2 of the ugliest queens ( gay guys) I’ve ever seen got casted. I thought models were supposed to her beuatiful and have bodies???

  7. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans October 14, 2015

    No!!!! I was just getting reacquainted with the show after payingnit dust for all those years. Plus, that’s not fair how the men didn’t get to last as long as the women did when they had all those seasons for themselves. Uhhhh!!! Please fix this now!! Keep the show!!!

  8. Gee October 14, 2015

    It’s about time top model lost its spark about 12 seasons ago but congratulations to Tyra Banks on a great run.

  9. October 14, 2015

    she did her thing, it was great run.

  10. cocobutta October 14, 2015

    That clip was EVERYTHING with Tiffany.

    The last season was much higher level when Keith won.

    This one just not it but think Mame will win.

    Kudos on the show lasting so long. Super run

  11. OMG Logic!!! October 14, 2015

    First Empire now ANTM. I’m starting to think TGJ is casting a curse on these people. Just look at Rita Whora. They keep claiming she’s successful and she keeps flopping and delaying that album.

  12. JanStan October 14, 2015

    Oooooh I have so many memories stanning for the models from the early seasons (before stanning was a thing lol. I stopped watching after like the 9TH cycle but will always remember being obsessed with Naima and Yoanna and throwing a tantrum when Nicole beat Nik. Good times ANTM. It was a good run.

  13. THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR ANTI!! October 14, 2015

    I haven’t watched this show since the beautiful Danielle won

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