The competition reality show’s 22nd cycle will be its last, host Tyra Banks revealed on Twitter yesterday. Broadcaster The CW later confirmed the news.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) October 14, 2015
Next Top Model initially premiered on The CW predecessor UPN in 2003. After UPN and The WB merged to create The CW, the series became its first-ever show. The new season finale is scheduled for December 4, bringing to an end the format after 12 years.
“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.
Internationally, the format, which pits models against each other in a competition to win a contract, remains popular.
Chinese broadcaster Chongqing Satellite Television earlier this year revealed a beefed-up new season of its version following a deal with distributor CBS Studios International.