After 22 seasons and 12 years on the air, America’s Next Top Model will come to an end this December.
The competition series’ host and executive producer Tyra Banks confirmed on Twitter today (October 14) that the current season of the show will be its last, with a series finale scheduled to air on The CW on December 4.
The network released a statement this afternoon further confirming the show’s cancellation, and noting that it is in discussions to air a “retrospective special” in late 2016.
“America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then The CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” said The CW president Mark Pedowitz in a statement. “I want to thank Tyra [Banks] and Ken [Mok] for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S., but all across the world.”
Top Model debuted in May 2003 on U.S. net UPN, which later merged with The WB Television Network to create The CW in 2006. The series has since aired on The CW, with the latest cycle premiering this past August.
Prior to tweeting the date of the series finale, Banks posted a link to an Instagram photo, where she captioned, “Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time.”
The model went on to write, “#ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world. I never thought my little idea would have people everywhere thinking differently about how they take photos. And I never thought we’d do 22 cycles.”
Top Model is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company. The series was created by Banks and developed by Ken Mok and Kenya Barris. It presently has 20 international versions in production.