Many of you may not know what ‘jumping the shark’ means.  Well I will tell you.  The phrase comes from a very long time ago on a “Happy Days” episode.  It seems writers thought it would be a good idea for the breakout star of the show, the Fonz, to jump a shark.  After that episode, the show was never the same as ratings dropped and it was ultimately cancelled.   Now when a situation comedy or drama has a major cast change or really stupid episode, viewers and critics call it ‘jumping the shark’–the beginning of the end.

Tyra Banks may have made her ‘jump’ as she recently announced the termination of Miss Jay, Mr Jay and Nigel Barker from ANTM series.   All three have been major fixtures on the show.  All seem to be taking it well in the press but I am sure that they are upset behind closed doors.

“Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander have been an integral part of the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ brand and they helped turn this show into the household name it is today.  They have been amazing assets to the show and will always be a part of the ‘Top Model’ family. We will continue to actively work with each of them on future projects.”  Tyra Banks and Ken Mok

Time will tell if this was a good move for Banks or a ‘jumping the shark’ event.  However, I go back one season to reference the shark jumping when the finale was re-taped as it seems Angelea  won but a switcheroo was made when she allegedly gave away the ending.

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