Nigel Barker Interview: I'm 'Sad' I Was Fired From 'America's Next Top Model'

Fri, April 20, 2012 12:19pm EST by 8 Comments
Nigel Barker Fired

HollywoodLife.com spoke to Nigel in his first interview since he was fired as judge on the hit show and he reveals what it was like when Tyra told him the news!

Nigel Barker is keeping his chin up and is excited for what’s next. But the 39-year-old photographer and long-time fixture of America’s Next Top Model tells HollywoodLife.com that learning that he was not going to be a part of season 19 is definitely difficult to come to terms with.

“It’s always sad when it comes to an end,” Nigel says. “Ratings have been going down and the networks [CBS & CW] wanted to shake things up and they came to to the conclusion that changing everything would fix things.”

We told you that Nigel, Jay Manuel and J Alexander were all let go from the show and Tyra Banks even took to her Twitter to comment on the news.

“It is always going to be a bit awkward, how could it not be,” he says now of his relationship with Tyra. “Whenever you call anyone up to say ‘listen you can’t come’ or ‘I’m not coming … it’s over,’ it’s never the call anyone wants to have. I don’t think any of us wanted to leave.”

But Nigel tells HollywoodLife.com that now he will be able to focus on opportunities that he wasn’t able to before.

“I myself have had many opportunities that I haven’t been able to follow up on because of the exclusivity of America’s Next Top Model,” he says. “It is sad because it was an era. I turn 40 next week and it defined my 30s. Now my 40s: here we go! I’m looking forward to going off on my own and doing my own shows and being my own boss.”

But has this hurt his relationship with Tyra?

“To be honest I don’t think it has hurt my relationship with her at all,” Nigel tells us. “It’s not just her. There are many different factors. This is a huge business with CBS and the CW… who knows what the right decison may be. Maybe they made a bad decision. They will see and find out. I wish them nothing but the best and good luck with the next.”

— Chloe Melas

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Cheryl Fornkohl

Posted at 5:55 PM on November 6, 2012  

I’m going to miss all the guy’s really like them,Miss jay love to watch her train the girls she is funny.I MR.jay he has beautiful hair.Nigel i like him because he’s a good camera man the guy’s are funny.

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Fresh

Posted at 4:57 PM on October 16, 2012  

It’s true Tyra is childish herself and she toys with the ladies emotions when she knows who she is going to pick

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Tony

Posted at 2:32 PM on September 6, 2012  

I think Nigel was on the show for a long a time….. is definately time for a fresh face.

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Emmanuel

Posted at 7:33 AM on April 21, 2012  

I don’t think tyra made the decision of firing this cretive three.

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Rani

Posted at 1:33 PM on April 20, 2012  

NO ANTM WITHOUT JAY MANUAL ! WHO WILL GUIDE THE GIRLS NOW -.-

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Suni

Posted at 1:01 PM on April 20, 2012  

Why would this, or should this be a huge surprise. Tyra is a smart business woman and as such has to be able to separate personal from business…if ratings have continued to plumment then yes, changes must be made. She has not come as far as she has by making bad decisions…I am sure that Nigel, J and Jay understand and don’t blame Tyra. However, as a viewer of America’s Next Top Model, I am not convinced that the “judges” are the problem. I have become more and more disappointed in the choice of girls competing. It’s become just a bunch of silly little girls, with no talent, acting childish and getting made up in ridiculous make-up . I think the show needs a dose of “real”. Hopefully Tyra will bring it back!

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mary

Posted at 1:15 PM on April 20, 2012  

Funny you think that when the person acting most childish in my opinion is Tyra herself.
This show is doomed.

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Rani

Posted at 1:35 PM on April 20, 2012  

SO FREAKINN TRUEE!!

 
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