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Tyra Banks not smizing as America's Next Top Model cancelled after 22 seasons

Published 15/10/2015 | 10:36

America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Model Raelia Lewis attends America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 premiere party presented by NYLON and LINE at SupperClub Los Angeles
(L to R) Models Ivy Timlin, Raelia Lewis, and Lenox Tillman attend America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 premiere party presented by NYLON and LINE at SupperClub Los Angeles
Models Romeo Tostado and Chantelle Young attends America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 premiere party presented by NYLON and LINE at SupperClub Los Angeles
Tyra Banks attends America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 premiere party presented by NYLON and LINE at SupperClub Los Angeles
Models Naima Mora (L) and Lisa D'Amato attend America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 premiere party presented by NYLON and LINE at SupperClub Los Angeles

It has been 12 years since Tyra Banks launched America's Next Top Model and the show has finally reached the end of its run.

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Banks has fronted the programme, as well as executive produced, since its premiere on UPN in May 2003 and she was the one to break the news of its demise.

She took to Twitter say, "Thinking #ANTM22 should be our last cycle,” Banks wrote. “I truly believe it’s time. May your pics be forever fierce. Keep on Smizing!”

At the height of its success ANTM featured judges including Janice Dickinson, Nigel Barker, and 60s model Twiggy. 

Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks

It also launched the careers of Adrianne Curry, Analeight Tipton and more in modelling and acting.  CariDee English, who won cycle 7, landed a presenting gig on MTV and small roles in One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl.  Dani Evans, meanwhile is a top international model.

From 2007-2010 the show was the highest rated on UPN although ratings have been sliding since 2012.  AIt launched with 6.1m viewers and maintained 4m until 2009 after which ratings have taken a slide.  The last season drew 1.5m and the current season is averaging 1.7m.

The latest cycle, featuring judges J Alexander and Kelly Cutrone, features both male and female models (for the third season in a row) and uses interaction from viewers via social media to help judge the contestants.  Recent cycles have also been based on a theme. 

The series finale will air Friday, December 4.  However, the network may produce a retrospective special episode to air next year.

(L-R) Photographer Yu Tsai, model Tyra Banks and TV personality Miss J. Alexander attend America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 premiere party presented by NYLON and LINE at SupperClub Los Angeles
(L-R) Photographer Yu Tsai, model Tyra Banks and TV personality Miss J. Alexander attend America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 premiere party presented by NYLON and LINE at SupperClub Los Angeles

Banks, meanwhile, is working on several other TV projects including her panel talk show, FABLife.

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