Tyra reportedly feuding with Jay Manuel, considering leaving Top Model

An unsourced gossip report in a tabloid claims that Tyra Banks may leave her own reality series, America’s Next Top Model. The reason: Her daytime talk show and conflict Jay Manuel.

“It’s gotten so bad that Tyra and Jay aren’t speaking. Tyra barely interacts with the contestants and only wants to show up on judging day,” an insider told OK! Magazine, according to MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett. The latter isn’t exactly surprising, considering Tyra has been less of a presence on the show in recent years.

In addition, the magazine says Tyra is “really throwing all her weight behind her talk show. She’s putting lots of pressure on her staff to keep her show on the map. She had Barack Obama on, she had Hilary Clinton on — she got a taste of playing with the big boys and now ‘Top Model’ seems to detract from her big plans.”

As a result of all this, Hazlett says Tyra “might be looking for a new supermodel to helm ANTM.”

No more ‘Top Model’ for Tyra Banks? [MSNBC]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.