This gives a whole new meaning to fierce.
Tyra Banks has fired her longtime America's Next Top Model costars J. Alexander, Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker.
Banks herself confirmed the news, tweeting, "Fierce & love 2 my Nigel, Jay & Miss J. ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us."
According to the New York Post, the trio was informed yesterday that their contracts would not be renewed for the 19th season.
Executive producer Ken Mok said in a statement that Barker, Manuel and Alexander "have been amazing assets to the show and will always be part of the Top Model family. We will continue to actively work with each of them on future projects."
On his blog this morning, Barker wrote, "I will miss the cast, the crew and ANTM will always have a special place in my heart, having made life-long friendships with countless fond memories."
Manuel, too, took to his blog as well.
"Thank you all for your kind words. It's true, after 18 cycles, I will not be returning to America's Next Top Model. Most importantly, I must give a big thank you to all our fans!" he wrote. "I've truly been blessed to work on a show that was recognized and loved around the world. I'll take with me memories and lessons that will last a lifetime."