Looks like tomorrow’s finale won’t just be Allison, Aminat, and Teyona’s last time on America’s Next Top Model, the finale will also be judge Paulina Porizkova’s last ANTM appearance. During an appearance on tonight’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Paulina says she was let go by Tyra Banks and America’s Next Top Model.
When Craig Ferguson asked Paulina how it was working with Tyra Banks, Paulina broke the shocking news. “Listen, do you know why I am in Los Angeles…because I am looking for a job. Because I was fired by America’s Next Top Model on my birthday.” A birthday firing? Ouch!
A quick Wikipedia check reveals that Paulina’s birthday was April 9th, so the supermodel stunner was fired just over a month ago. It sounds like no love is lost between Paulina and her now former employer, “The reason I was told I was fired was because it seemed that America’s Next Top Model has gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat and the fat was me.” Double meow! Telling a former model you’re firing her to cut the fat on her birthday? Paulina must have done something serious to piss off the Goddess of Fierce. Paulina later said she figured the other reason she was fired was, “My gigantic huge ego. Which I wasn’t aware of until I was told by the producers that I have an ego problem.” Sounds like it was not a pleasant ending for either party.
Paulina joined America’s Next Top Model as a judge during Cycle 10 as a replacement for Twiggy. Twiggy, of course, replaced the original Supermodel judge Janice Dickinson. Since joining the cast, Paulina has had more interaction with the contestants than any other judge. She’s mentored the girls on several challenges this Cycle including the acting teach with Clay Aiken and last week’s samba challenge. Though Paulina lacked the enjoyable evilness of Janice Dickinson and the blunt, but cheery-sounding honesty of Twiggy; she has become an integral part of the judge’s panel and the show itself. This cycle Paulina has picked up her personality and harshened her criticisms, which has garnered her more screen time than ever; while simultaneously decreasing her popularity among fans.
The real question now on every ANTM fan’s lips is, who will replace Paulina? If it really was about ANTM cutting fat, it’s conceivable that no one would replace Paulina and the panel would shrink to four judges. On the other hand, if Paulina’s firing was about personality, which an over-the-phone birthday firing certainly alludes to Tyra and Co. could be looking for a new supermodel personality to fill the open spot. No matter how much we beg, we’re pretty sure Tyra won’t be bringing Janice back, so which model do you think would make a good ANTM judge? Maggie Rizer has done great work as a guest judge on Make Me A Supermodel, maybe she’d be interested in the job. If Tyra didn’t want another model stealing her spotlight, now would be the perfect time to bring Mister Jay on to the judge’s panel.
The America’s Next Top Model Cycle 12 finale, which will also be Paulina’s last ANTM appearance airs Wednesday, May 13 at 8 pm.
Update: Here is the video of Paulina’s appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
—Abbey Simmons, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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