CW denies Kimora Lee Simmons will return to judge Top Model; Miss Jay may be demoted
There may be changes coming once again to the judging panel on America’s Next Top Model: The CW has denied a report that says first-season judge Kimora Lee Simmons will return to become the new, permanent judge on Top Model 14. That report also suggests Miss Jay will no longer be a judge, but instead just coach runway.
Citing “on-set sources,” The New York Daily News reports that the show, “which is experiencing the lowest ratings of its 13 seasons[,] will get a helping hand from none other than Banks’ on-again, off-again frenemy, Kimora Lee Simmons, who Tyra has recruited to serve as a judge next season. Apparently, the divas have remained friends despite rumors that Kimora was fired after her appearance on the show’s first season.”
However, a CW spokesperson said that was “not true.”
The paper also says that Miss Jay, who revealed on Tyra’s talk show Tuesday that he has a seven-year-old son with his ex-boyfriend, will be replaced, too, as “J. Alexander is getting bounced back to his original role as runway coach and will be replaced by Vogue editor at large Andre Leon Talley.”