The decision to fire Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, and Miss J–America’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.”