Paulina Porizkova On ‘Top Model’ Dismissal: ‘My Hissy Fits Didn’t Go Over That Well’
First Published: May 15, 2009 11:33 AM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Supermodel Paula Porizkova said she was fired from “America’s Next Top Model” due to what producers called an ego problem.
In a new interview for Access Hollywood and “The Billy Bush Show,” Paulina opened up to Billy about her dismissal as a judge from the popular reality series, created and hosted by Tyra Banks.
“I must admit I was having a little bit of an issue with Tyra being late for every judging,” she told Billy. “It’s six hours later and I feel like I am being told my time is not as valuable as hers. They pointed out that I should shut up and be grateful for the job and that Tyra is really busy.”
“I think that my little hissy fits about ‘Well, we are all here on time. Why can’t she (Tyra)?’ didn’t go over all that well,” added Paulina, who replaced the previous judge, supermodel Twiggy.
When asked if there might have been an issue that she was the only other woman on the judging panel, Paulina said she didn’t think that was the case, especially when it comes to Tyra.
“I don’t think that in Tyra’s universe that’s even a consideration. I don’t think she cares,” she said. “I’m not even sure she was aware that I existed way out there in Siberia, much like I am not sure she knew Twiggy existed.”
And while Paulina and Tyra clearly didn’t get along in the professional landscape, did the two have any off-camera conversations?
“I wouldn’t know [what kind of person Tyra is] because all I know of her is literally when we are on set talking to each other in front of the cameras,” the supermodel said. “That is the only time she would speak to me.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Paulina first revealed the news of their squabble during an appearance on the “Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson earlier this week.
“Listen, do you know why I am in Los Angeles?… Because I am looking for a job,” Paulina told Craig. “I was fired by ‘America’s Next Top Model’ on my birthday.”
When contacted by Access Hollywood and asked if Paulina had been fired from the show, a rep for The CW would not confirm she was fired. The rep did reveal Paulina is “no longer” with “America’s Next Top Model.”
Access Hollywood has reached out to representatives for Tyra Banks and is awaiting comment.
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