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Tyra Banks Address Skinny Top Model Controversy

We’ve heard it time and time again—Tyra Banks telling weight critics to kiss her fat ass. So why is she praising the girl above for being so thin? Well, she isn’t.

According to the creator, the supposedly unapproved promo was taken out of context leaving viewers with the wrong impression. The 6’2” girl featured is actually a supermodel wannabe with “internal struggles with her body.” Because of that, Banks tries to offer “support and encouragement” throughout the season.

“To the people who see me as a representation of upholding the fact that beauty comes in all sizes, I personally apologize. The jokes of my fellow judges connected with my edited sound bite sounded like I was supporting unhealthy eating habits. This has never and will NEVER be the case – I am and will always be committed to promoting healthy body image,” she wrote on her website.

Of course, Tyra has a lot more to say about the subject (would you expect anything less from her?)—so you can read her very wordy statement in full after the jump.

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Tyra Banks Quitting Daytime Talk Show

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We always knew wanted to be the next Oprah Winfrey. We just didn’t expect her to follow the talk show queen’s every move.

Today, the model-turned-entrepreneur revealed that she will end her daytime talk show at the end of this season. This surprising news comes just a month after Winfrey announced she would end her run.

“This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks told People. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.”

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America’s Next Top Model Welcomes New Judge

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Will the 14th season be the charm for ?

After cycling through a series of female faces for her judges panel, the host has decided to try something new: she’s chosen a male. André Leon Talley, best known as the Vogue magazine’s editor-at-large, will now take over where Kimora Lee Simmons, Janice Dickinson, Twiggy and Paulina Porizkova left off.

Will a new direction result in less catty comments about Miss Banks? Oh - I hope not.

An air date for ANTM‘s next premiere has not been announced yet.

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Casting Corner: FlashForward, The Tudors and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

FlashForward: It was recently announced that Dominic Monaghan would be joining another Lost vet, Sonya Walger (a.k.a. Penny Widmore), on the new ABC series. In the program, everyone in the world experiences a 2 minute, 17 second blackout. During that time, they see a glimpse of their future. Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union (Ugly Betty) has also been added to the long list of actors. Other cast members include Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, and Courtney B. Vance.

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Paulina Porizkova’s Unflattering Remarks About Tyra Banks

Tyra BanksUPDATE: The show’s executive producer claims Paulina was simply let go due to the economy.

Those who regularly follow know one thing: Paulina Porizkova is not afraid to speak her mind. Unfortunately for Tyra Banks, the recently fired judge is just as candid off-camera.

During an earlier chat with Craig Ferguson, Paulina implied that her former boss wasn’t the nicest person in the world. Now, in a new interview with Access Hollywood, Porizkova is dishing on the specifics.

Although she claimed to be unaware of her “ego problem,” the former supermodel does fess up to having a problem with one thing: tardiness. “I must admit I was having a little bit of an issue with Tyra being late for every judging. It’s six hours later and I feel like I am being told my time is not as valuable as hers. They pointed out that I should shut up and be grateful for the job and that Tyra is really busy,” Paulina stated. “I think that my little hissy fits about ‘Well, we are all here on time. Why can’t she (Tyra)?’ didn’t go over all that well.”

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ANTM to Resume Auditions in New York

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Those caught up in last weekend’s reality show melee will get a chance to brave the crowds once again. Tyra Banks recently issued a statement to those who were unable to audition for America’s Next Top Model 13 in New York:

“To all the Top Model hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren’t seen, get an opportunity to audition – we’ll update you on our plans very soon.  It is so important to me to redefine beauty, and make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream.  I am beyond excited for Cycle 13; for the first time ever, young women 5?7? and under have a shot at becoming America’s Next Top Model!  I encourage each girl to come out ready to rock the runway and show off their fiercest pose.  I’m rooting for all of you!”

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America’s Next Top Model 11: Finale

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After 10 weeks and 14 models, finally came down to the Top Three.

Which lady eventually found herself with an Elite Model Management contract, a Seventeen spread/cover and a $100,000 CoverGirl contract? Was it McKey (the boxer who evolved into a woman), Analeigh (the skater who figured out how to use her body) or Samantha (the girl who once offended a designer but turned things around)? Read on!

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Tyra Helps Transgendered Contestant Get Operation

Although Tyra Banks is known for encouraging women to love themselves, the former supermodel is not entirely above physical transformations. On tomorrow’s episode of Tyra, a recent contestant will be presented with a big surprise: she’ll be getting a sex-change operation for free.

Those who have been following Cycle 11 are already familiar with the story behind Isis King. The former homeless girl became the show’s first pre-op transgendered contestant earlier this fall. And while Isis (a.k.a. Darrell Walls) was very open about her situation during the competition, she admits it was hard not feeling like the rest of the ladies.

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America’s Next Top Model 11: Good Times & Windmills

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On this week’s episode of , the four remaining ladies - Analeigh, McKey, Marjorie and Samantha - got to to take things to a whole new physical level. When they weren’t learning to sell products with gestures and facial expressions, they were busy planting their lips on a hunky male model. One girl even spent some of her free time kissing someone who wasn’t in the industry. But we’ll get to that drunken story a little later…

For this week’s lesson, the women got a little more one-on-one time with . It was the former supermodel’s job to show the ladies how to sell products without using their voices. How does a spokesmodel sell fish when no one can smell it? How can they make toilet paper look soft when consumers can’t touch it? How can they make phone conversations seem exciting when the reader can’t hear them?

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America’s Next Top Model 11: The Final Five

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After weeks of lessons, runway shows and photo shoots, we finally got to “see” what the ladies of were made of tonight. Followers of the show know what that means: it was time for the Final 5 to go on their go-sees.

Before heading out on their journeys, the models met with Frederick Koster, the managing director of Touché Models. After explaining the evaluation process - the girls would be judged on their portfolios, their walks, their appearance and their personalities - Koster gave the women maps and directions. The goal was to meet as many designers in the allotted 4 hours as possible. If they did not make it back to the agency on time, they would automatically be disqualified.

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