Top Model demotes Miss J to mentor, adds Andre Leon Talley as a judge

Tyra Banks continues to shake up the judging table at Top Model dumping Miss J as a judge and adding André Leon Talley, who’s a Vogue contributor and “one of the fashion industry’s most influential style-setters,” according a CW press release.

That confirms part of a gossip report that said Miss J would be demoted, but it also said Kimora Lee Simmons would be the new permanent judge. Last year, the panel featured rotating guest judges.

In the press release, which also names the contestants and guest judges (including Whitney Port), J. Alexander says in a totally bullshit press release quote, “After cycles of watching the girls not get it right, I thought they would benefit more from my ‘high heels’ and hands-on approach than my sitting in a chair judging their photos.”

And also, Tyra said so.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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