Paulina Porizkova fired from Top Model for “ego problem”

America’s Next Top Model 12 concludes Wednesday night–either Teyona Anderson, Aminat Ayinde, or Allison Harvard will win Tyra’s approval–and it’ll be the last appearance of judge Paulina Porizkova, who replaced Twiggy at the start of cycle 10.

Paulina revealed that during an interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS’ Late Late Show, which taped Tuesday and will air early Wednesday morning. “The reason I was told I was fired was because it seemed that ‘America’s Next Top Model’ has gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat and the fat was me,” she said, according to AM New York.

She also speculated as to why she got fired: “So I figured it was either that or my gigantic huge ego. Which I wasn’t aware of until I was told by the producers that I have an ego problem,” Paulina said.

But that can’t possibly be true, because if the producers are really firing people for having a “gigantic huge ego,” they’d be without their host, Tyra Banks.

‘America’s Next Top Model’ fires Paulina Porizkova [AM New York]

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