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'America's Next Top Model's' Paulina Porizkova: 'I was fired'

May 13, 2009 |  8:42 am

Paulina First Lucas and Peyton, and now Paulina?

"America's Next Top Model" judge Paulina Porizkova broke the news that she had been let go from the show Tuesday on CBS' "Late, Late Show." She told host Craig Ferguson that she was in Los Angeles looking for a job "because I was fired by 'America's Next Top Model' on my birthday."

She said she was terminated over the phone.

"The reason I was told I was fired was because, it seemed, that [the show] has gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat and the fat was me," Porizkova said.  

Bad blood between Porizkova and 'Top Model' star and executive producer Tyra Banks? Perhaps: "I figured it was either that or my gigantic huge ego. Which I wasn't aware of until I was told by the producers that I had an ego problem."

"Oh, I see what this is. I see what it is. It's rivalry. You and Tyra," Ferguson said. "Well, I was working for her, so it's not quite rivalry," the former supermodel said. "I really believe they just felt like they didn't need me, which of course they don't."

A rep for the CW confirmed her departure but declined to comment on whether or not Porizkova would be replaced on the upcoming 13th season.

The season finale of "America's Next Top Model" -- it comes down to Teyona, Aminat and Allison -- airs tonight.

-- Denise Martin

Photo credit: The CW

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