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Business isn't always pretty.
On Friday, Tyra Banks confirmed the news on Twitter that J. Alexander, Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker had been fired from America's Next Top Model. But Barker saw the writing on the wall long before he got the ax.
"It wasn't a shock. I'm friends with Tyra and the producers," he exclusively tells E! News. "There had been a discussion that ratings were down and that something like this would happen.
"There had been previous years where discussions about me being eliminated from the show had happened and I had actually survived the chopping block before."
And although he won't be smizing with Tyra at the judges table anymore, he still considers her to be a great friend…