Andre Leon Talley will no longer be a judge on America’s Next Top Model. After four seasons with the show, the Vogue editor is parting ways with the Tyra Banks-helmed modeling reality television competition. Talley joins Janice Dickinson, Twiggy, Kimora Lee Simmons and Paula Porizkova on a list of former judges who have moved on to greener catwalks.
Talley insists that his departure is amicable, but on a show with a higher turnover rate than Destiny’s Child, rumors about backstage drama have surfaced. Sharp-tongued fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone will take Talley’s spot on the judging panel.
On a show known for ridiculous catchphrases like “smile with your eyes,” “fierce,” and “fashion waits for no one,” Talley offered his own word to the ANTM lexicon: “Dreckitude.” Suffice it to say, wannabe-models did want to hear this critique when Talley looked at their pictures.
Talley instantly made waves on the show when, on his first episode, he said he liked a picture of a girl’s bare rear that the other judge’s panned so much that he would hang it in his salon. “A salon is a room where you go and you converse and you serve beautiful drinks and you talk about politics, religion, art, love sex, beauty, wine roses, and that fabulous girl with that fabulous derriere,” he said. Surely, his unique perspective will be missed.