Nigel Barker says Tyra Banks is just as crazy in real life as she is on camera

Top Model judge and photographer Nigel Barker said his fellow judge Tyra Banks is as nutty in real life as she is on TV. In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, he was asked about Tyra’s persona, and he said, “I tell you, it’s one and the same. It’s actually who she is.”

The interviewer asked, “So she’s mad?”, and Nigel said, “Well, it’s one of the keys to success for a good reality show, if you cast people who actually are themselves. I think the audience can always tell if someone is performing and they won’t buy it. Many reality shows have failed because everyone’s acting. We have some colourful characters you think must be performing but I think that’s because in life, they are performers. Janice is Janice — she’s like that the whole time. Miss J is Miss J. He runs around being Miss J in his off time too.”

Nigel says that he stays away from the J and Jay and Tyra show: “I’m rarely a part of that. I’m there to be the photographer and the judge and apart from that, I’m not a part of the other fun and hijinks.”

A quick word with: Nigel Barker [New Zealand Herald]

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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.