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Jay Manuel: Tyra Banks ‘Didn’t Want To Talk To Me’ During ‘ANTM’ Return

Rubbing job? Jay Manuel opened up about his “uncomfortable” return to America’s next top model in season 9 (or cycle) – and how Tyra Banks treated him on set.

47-year-old Manuel walked away from the series of model contests at the end of Cycle 8 in 2007, ultimately changing his momentum at Banks, 46.

“It was really unfortunate because the show became a worldwide phenomenon,” said the makeup artist Us weekly on Wednesday, July 29, while promoting his new book, The Wig, The Bitch & The Meltdown. “We had such magical moments. Tyra and I had a relationship, a working relationship that started long before that America’s next top model and we became friends. ‘

Jay Manuel and Tyra Banks. Shutterstock (2 articles)

The series’ former creative director explained that he felt that he “ gave the show everything I could bring to the show ” when he told Banks he was leaving the ninth season of the show.

“I was ready to go a little further,” he said U.S. “I look back on it [now and] I think she was probably offended that I left the show at its peak. Once again I cannot speak for what she really thought at the time, but what was difficult [for me] was the response. ‘

Manuel, who eventually returned for cycle 9 of the show and stayed until cycle 18, felt a friction when he was back on set.

“I can’t even say she was angry,” he recalled, noting that it was last minute when asked to come back.

Manuel was “assured” that everything would be “normal” when he returned, but that was not the case.

“I showed up and she didn’t want to talk to me. I didn’t know what that meant. I didn’t know what to do with that, ”the former fashion correspondent revealed. “And I didn’t have the tools to handle that at the time. So that was difficult for me. ‘

He added: “I actually didn’t produce for that one cycle for that cycle because I was assigned to do a one-time cycle. I was just talent. So it was just very, very, very uncomfortable. What was hard for me, you know, when the cameras were on, we talked, but when they were out I had no communication. It was uncomfortable. ‘

Manuel has written since then The Wig, The Bitch & The Meltdown, based on his experiences at the modeling show.

“It is inspired by my life America’s next top model and all the work in the world of the, kind of crazy reality TV and entertainment industry, “the former Canada’s next top model host told U.S. “It is meant to be a lot of fun. I wrote it in such a satirical tone. I wanted it to be a piece of satire, but the whole piece has gravitas. ‘

The author noted that there are a number of ‘really important core themes’, including the cost of fame and power struggles in the workplace and ‘how the entertainment industry deals with intersectionality and the identity of black women’.

He added: “There are important topics around the world that we’re talking about today in 2020. Still, this is really fun [and] laughing out loud. It’s a really fast rollercoaster ride. Sometimes it becomes almost brutal. It gets a very fast book, but it is meant to reflect the madness in the world behind the scenes of a match reality show. ”

For more information on Manuel’s book, available Monday, August 3, check out his website.

With reporting by Marc Lupo

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