Tyra Banks Announces the End of ‘America’s Next Top Model’: ‘I Truly Believe It’s Time’

Peggy Truong | October 14, 2015 - 4:40 pm
'ANTM' Flashback
Remember when Kendall, Kylie and Kris Jenner posed for ANTM-themed shots?

“Keep on Smizing,” though.

America’s Next Top Model will wrap things for good when Cycle 22 crowns its winner in December. Show creator, host and our Smizing Queen for All of Eternity Tyra Banks took to Instagram and Twitter on Wednesday (Oct. 14) to share the news aka. the worst Tyra Mail we’ve ever opened:

TYRA MAIL! 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! So many!!! And what rhymes with 22? You. And you and you and you and you! YOU made Top Model what it is. We are a global force that has so many international versions around the world because of YOU! That’s amazing and beyond anything that I ever dreamed. I set out to create a show where Perfect is Boring. So I hope you continue to love your freckles, your moles, your big forehead, your big eyes, your small eyes, your pointy chin, your tiny boobs, your full chest, your ivory or ebony skin (or every color in between) – the stuff about you that makes you well…you. And I hope you’ve learned a heck of a lot from watching. I have an inkling you have. May your photos (and selfies) be forever fierce. May you always find your light. And may you werk hallways like runways. Always remember, you are beautiful & BOOTYful. And please, keep on Smizing each and every day for TyTy. Fierce & Love, 💛Tyra

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Not everyone has been happy with the news, including fellow model Chrissy Teigen.

The CW, which has been home to ANTM since 2006, also confirmed the cancellation. (Some of you may recall the show premiered on UPN and spent three years there before the network merged with The WB to give birth to The CW).

In addition to the art of smizing, ANTM and Banks also helped launch the careers of folks like CariDee English, Analeigh Tipton and Yaya DaCosta.

ANTM’s series finale is slated to air on Dec. 4. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The CW is “mulling a possible retrospective special” for late 2016.