Paulina Porizkova was fired from America’s Next top Model.
The 44 year-old actress and former supermodel said so on “The Late Late Show” on CBS. She asked the host Craig Ferguson ” Do you know why I’m in Los Angeles, besides seeing you? Because I’m Looking for a job. Because I was fired by `America’s Next Top Model'”. And the notice couldn’t have come at a better time. She was fired on April 9– her birthday. According to Porizkova, the firing happened over the phone.
“Just to be fair here, the reason I was told I was fired was because … it seemed that `America’s Next Top Model’ had gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat –and the fat was me,” she explained further.
Porizkova even joked that her “gigantic huge ego” might have contributed to her untimely departure from the show. Host Ferguson wondered if there was rivalry between her and Banks. On a more serious tone, she added she believes “that they just felt like they didn’t need me.”
Porizkova was part of a panel who judged the`Top Model’ contestants. The others judges of the panel were photographer Nigel Barker, runway coach J. Alexander, and the show’s host and creator, Tyra Banks.
She joined the judges’ panel of the popular reality show on the CW network last year, replacing fashion icon Twiggy. The show’s 12th season finale marked her final appearance on the show.
Before Porizkova, Janice Dickinson –another former supermodel– was also unceremoniously, as she claimed, fired from the show. It was widely speculated that Banks and Dickinson had a rivalry going on at the time.
Representatives from the show confirmed Porizkova’s departure and executive producer Ken Mok released this statement about why Porizkova was cut: “The current state of the economy has forced shows to make major budget cuts industry wide; and ‘America’s Next Top Model’ is not immune to these financially challenging times. We’ve had to make significant cuts in every area of the production and, unfortunately, Paulina was a casualty of these cuts. Tyra [Banks], who pursued Paulina to join the show as a judge multiple times, was incredibly saddened by the decision the show was forced to make. We really enjoyed working with Paulina, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”