Producer says Paulina was fired due to the economy

Paulina Porizkova was laid off from her job as a America’s Next Top Model judge, according to its producer, who said the economy was to blame.

In a statement–one that Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Access Hollywood, and all basically pretended they alone received–executive producer Ken Mok said:

“The current state of the economy has forced shows to make major budget cuts industry wide. America’s Next Top Model is not immune to these financially challenging times. We’ve had to make significant cuts in every area of the production and, unfortunately, Paulina was a casualty of these cuts. Tyra, who pursued Paulina to join the show as a judge multiple times, was incredibly saddened by the decision the show was forced to make. We really enjoyed working with Paulina, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

That pretty much confirms what Paulina originally said about being excess “fat” on the show, although she also said her own ego might have been to blame. And Mok’s tone is remarkably restrained considering how Paulina later went after his boss Tyra Banks, criticizing her sharply.

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