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
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!