Jay Manuel will host second cycle of Canada’s Top Model

After years of being Tyra Banks’ bitchy sidekick, Jay Manuel is stepping into the big chair He’ll host the second season of Canada’s Next Top Model, which is just like America’s Next Top Model except it’s for Canadians.

The first season of that country’s version was hosted by actor and supermodel Tricia Helfer, who canada.com said “didn’t seem to know if she would return for the second season” just a few days ago. Awkwardly, Jay told the CP that she was leaving to work on Battlestar Galactica.

The Canadian Press reports that “he’ll still be part of the U.S. show, which he also produces. He’ll also be one of the executive producers of the Canadian series.” The U.S.-born Manuel “moved to Toronto when he was two.”

Jay says producers want “natural synergy” between the US and the Canadian editions, and says he can easily be the warm, caring den mother like Tyra is when she’s not screaming at the girls. “I can’t even tell you how many times even Tyra and I have sat up during the night talking about things that are bothering us where we’re crying and what have you. I’ve had so many moments just on the American show with different girls,” Jay said.

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