April 25th, 2012
05:37 PM ET
Nigel Barker, (Miss) J. Alexander and Jay Manuel are off "America's Next Top Model," but it sounds like everyone's ready to move forward.
Barker has already said that he's looking forward to the other ventures he can dabble in post-"ANTM," and J. Alexander told "Showbiz Tonight's" A.J. Hammer that he thought the time had come to part ways.
"I think it’s time that we actually just kind of go on," he said. And while he might've been "a bit annoyed" had he not discussed it with "ANTM" host/judge/exec producer Tyra Banks, but they "spoke on the phone so I’m good," he said. "I’m so, so good."
Barker said the writing of what was to come was faintly on the wall. "There’s no doubt, I was certainly not expecting it," he said of his dismissal, "but it’s something that I had inklings about and certainly over the years I was warned that perhaps I’d be replaced earlier."
And Ms. Banks? She told "Access Hollywood" that they'd "reached a point where we feel that the show needs a new boost.... It's very difficult, because I love my guys. They've been there since the beginning of the show."
But they're not disappearing altogether, Banks said. "My partner Ken Mok and I, we have projects we're developing, and we're a family, so it doesn't end," she added.
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