The CW decided to fire him, Nigel Barker says; low ratings blamed

The decision to fire Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, and Miss JAmerica’s Next Top Model‘s most long-standing cast members besides Tyra Banks–was made by The CW, not Tyra or the show’s producers.

That’s according to Nigel, who told E! News, “This isn’t a Tyra thing. This is a network thing.” He also said, “There had been a discussion that ratings were down and that something like this would happen. There had been previous years where discussions about me being eliminated from the show had happened and I had actually survived the chopping block before.”

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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.