‘ANTM:’ Jay Manuel and Miss J Alexander Reflect On Tyra Banks’s Yelling Match With Tiffany Richardson

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tiffany Richardson and Tyra Banks

Not all winners of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) are fan favorites. In truth, among the contestants who have been despatched residence went on to have profitable modeling careers, whereas others who have been eradicated took a special route however left an enduring impression on viewers’ minds. One of essentially the most memorable contestants was Tiffany Richardson.

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Tiffany Richardson and Tyra Banks by way of Twitter

Richardson had a tough upbringing and auditioned for the present as a method out escaping her troubled atmosphere. She carried out effectively for many of her time on the present earlier than her efficiency started missing. During the elimination spherical, Tyra Banks grew to become furious after feeling Richardson was unappreciative of the expertise and delivered a yelling session that went down in actuality tv historical past.

In a brand new social media chat, runway coach Miss J Alexander – and former ANTM inventive director Jay Manuel gave their opinions on the enduring second. 

A recap of Tyra Banks’ notorious screaming match with Tiffany Richardson

Richardson was chosen to compete within the Top Model home throughout cycle Four however had auditioned beforehand. She made it to the semi-finals the earlier season however was eradicated after being in a bar brawl. She returned the next season insisting that she was a modified girl. Banks noticed the potential and gave her an opportunity.

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Tiffany Richardson on ‘ANTM’ cycle 4 | Hyungwon Ryoo/CBS Photo Archive by way of Getty Images

At first, Richardson thrived and judges have been impressed together with her images and challenges. But as weeks progressed, her dedication to the competitors appeared to decrease.

Things got here to a head throughout an elimination spherical when the contestants have been instructed to learn a script off of a teleprompter. Richardson struggled and virtually forfeited her place within the competitors by refusing to take part. But after a push from Banks, she pulled by means of and succeeded in the long run. 

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‘ANTM’ cycle Four contestants | Hyungwon Ryoo/CBS Photo Archive by way of Getty Images

It didn’t save her from being eradicated. The judges had grown bored with Richardson perceivably slacking off and voted her and one other contestant, Rebecca Epley, out. While Epley was visibly distressed, Richardson shrugged it off, inflicting Banks to be infuriated. 

“Rebecca, I admire your emotion right now. It shows to me that this was something that’s very important to you,” Banks mentioned, earlier than turning her consideration to Richardson. “Tiffany, I’m extremely disappointed in you. This is a joke to you…This is serious to these girls, and it should be serious to you.”

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Tiffany Richardson cycle Four of ‘ANTM’ | Nigel Barker/CBS Photo Archive by way of Getty Images

“Looks can be deceiving,” Richardson responded. “I’m hurt. … I can’t change it, Tyra. … I’m sick of crying about stuff that I cannot change. I’m sick of being disappointed.”

“You ain’t sick of being disappointed, Tiffany,” Banks replied, changing into increasingly more irritated. As Richardson continued to interrupt Banks, Banks snapped. 

If you have been sick of being disillusioned, you’d arise and you’d take management of your future. Do you recognize that you just had a risk to win? Do you recognize that each one of America is rooting for you? “I’ve by no means in my life yelled at a woman like this…When my mom yells like this, it’s as a result of she loves me. I used to be rooting for you! We have been all rooting for you, how dare you?!

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Banks then prompt that Richardson do some severe self-reflection earlier than sending her residence.

Jay Manuel and Miss J Alexander say Tyra Banks was pissed off with Tiffany Richardson over not seeing her full potential and lashed out

The two well-known Jays gave their tackle Banks’ outburst and had differing opinions on how they dealt with it. Manuel was caught off guard by Banks’ response as a result of he had no points with Richard’s response to being eradicated. However, he knew that Banks was pushing for Tiffany from the start and chalked it as much as Banks being disillusioned.

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“I don’t think there was anything wrong with that. That was her [Richardson’s] honest reaction,” Jay mentioned. “I cannot speak for Tyra, I don’t think either of us can, but I think Tyra actually, this is just my opinion, I think in that moment Tyra kind of put herself in Tiffany’s place and didn’t want her to feel that defeat. Therefore Tyra got upset. That’s what I think welled up the rage. I never heard Tyra yell like that.”

Miss J, nonetheless, expressed that he understood Banks being as upset as she was as a result of she noticed such potential in Richardson and ensured that she put a whole lot of effort into her changing into acclimated within the competitors. Miss Jay revealed that Banks, manufacturing, and the judges felt that Richardson may have been topped the winner however gave up prematurely and it was seen as disrespectful within the method through which she dealt with issues.

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“I did a pearl clutch when I saw it on TV, and then I gagged,” Miss J supplied. “I think that was almost a slap in the face to production and to Tyra. All that we’re trying to do for you here and you’re looking at it like it’s no big deal, you throw shade and didn’t pay it no mind, I think that may have led Tyra to snap.”

Richardson did an interview with BuzzFeed in 2017 and mirrored on the notorious second. She revealed that there was a lot not proven on the present throughout their last dialog and alleged that Banks mentioned many harsh issues to her, which Jay, who was current throughout Richard’s elimination spherical, corroborated on the chat with Miss Jay. 

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