UPDATE FROM ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks announced in a statement that she and the show’s producers are “doing everything we can” to audition “ALL the girls” who were turned away Saturday after the show’s New York City auditions ended in a melee that caused injuries and three arrests. “It is so important to me to…make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream,” said Banks in the statement. The 13th cycle of the series is the first time women 5′ 7″ and shorter have been allowed to audition for the show.
HERE’S THE STORY… It is not clear what caused the stamped at the recent NYC auditions for “America’s Next Top Model.” We may never know the reason, but several people seem to have their own theories…
For those of you who did not hear about it, the top-rated show got a bit of bad press the other day when a crowd of 10,000 hopefuls waiting outside the Park Central hotel crushed together in a panic, sending two young models to the hospital and even more home with injuries. The unique thing about this season of ANTM is that the focus this year is on shorter models who are under 5’7″ instead of the normal 5’9″ and up runway models.
Some witnesses say the chaos started when a car that was overheating passed the line of models, prompting one girl to call out “There’s a bomb!” and sending everyone running. Other reports say that someone screamed “Fire!” Then there is the version where a fight began between the contestants and two men were stealing models’ purses.
Host Tyra Banks released a joint statement with executive producer Ken Moke, saying: “We are concerned by the events that occurred Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of the New York City casting call for the next cycle of ‘America’s Next Top Model. At this time, we still don’t know all the details of what happened or what triggered the incident. We appreciate the efforts of the NYPD and will assist them in any way possible in this matter.”
After the fracas, three people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and inciting a riot. The casting call was shut down by the police.
Photo from JustJared — see video of the stampede at YouTube: