October 14, 2015


'America's Next Top Model' to End After Current Season

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

After 12 years of smizing, Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model will come to a close.

The reality competition will end after its current season, its 22nd iteration, home network the CW confirmed on Wednesday (October 14). The series finale is set for December 4, with a potential retrospective special being considered for late 2016, according to Variety.

Tyra initially broke the news on Instagram, writing a heartfelt message:

"Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it's time. Our diehard fans know we've expanded the definition of beauty, presented what Flawsome is, tooched and booched and boom boom boomed, shown the world how to show their neck, rocked couture/catalogue/commercial poses, have found our (and your) light, strutted countless runways, gone on tons of go-sees, added guys to the girls mix, and have traveled around the globe and back again. Yeah, it's time. It really is. Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done.

"#ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we'd do 22 cycles. Whoa!"

Debuting on the now-defunct UPN in 2003, ANTM was executive-produced and hosted by Banks with fashion-industry legends like Twiggy, Janice Dickinson and Nigel Barker enlisted as judges. At its height, it was one of UPN's top-rated shows and has since become a steady performer for the CW.