If there was anyone else hosting ANTM, I might actually watch it. But seeing Tyra Banks on ANTM is close to what must happen in Guantanamo Bay. T-O-R-T-U-R-E. I might even consider it my personal hell.
After an NYC casting call for America’s Next Top Model turned ugly Saturday as hundreds of hopefuls were caught in a stampede resulting in three arrests and six injuries, the show’s host and executive producer Tyra Banks tells aspiring models that they will still have a chance to compete.
“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,” Banks told Usmagazine.com in a statement Monday.
She added: “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!”
As aspiring models waited in line at the Park Central Hotel, fights broke out as news of a supposed car on fire began to spread.
Police were forced to shut down the casting call, and arrested two women and one man on charges of disorderly conduct and inciting to riot, according to the Times. Two people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, while four others refused treatment.
“We are concerned by the events that occurred Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of the New York City casting call for the next cycle of America’s Next Top Model,” executive producers Banks and Ken Mok told Us in a statement earlier on Monday. “At this time, we still don’t know all the details of what happened or what triggered the incident. We appreciate the efforts of the NYPD and will assist them in any way possible in this matter.”
America’s Next Top Model debuted its twelfth cycle earlier this month.
Posted Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 4:16pm
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