Tyra Banks slammed by ANTM judge Jay Manuel for telling lesbian model not to show off sexuality on former series

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AMERICA’S Next Top Model judge Jay Manuel said host Tyra Banks made him feel “uncomfortable” when she told a lesbian contestant not to flaunt her sexuality.

The 46-year-old fashion mogul came under fire for resurfaced clips from the modeling competition where she made various controversial comments on the show.

Tyra’s resurfaced comments have been slammed by former co-star Jay
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The makeup artist said he felt “uncomfortable” from what the host told Kim
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Kim said she was “proud” to be “gay” during her first meeting with the judges
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Jay said he no longer has a relationship with the ANTM producer and host
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During cycle five of the series, model hopeful Kim Stolz, 36, was met with pushback from Tyra when she said she was “proud” to be “gay.”

Kim told the judging panel during her first impression meeting: “I’ve got a little more of a… I don’t want to say masculine, but a masculine look.

“I want to be out. I’m gay and I’m really proud of it,” she told Tyra, Jay and runway expert J. Alexander.

The ANTM host tried to downplay her sexual orientation: “I think there’s a certain thing of being proud.

Jay sat next to Tyra as she made the controversial comment to Kim
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The ANTM host did not want the gay contestant to flaunt her sexuality
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Kim looked uncomfortable at the reaction and said she did not want to “offend” anyone
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“Like, I’m black and proud. But I’m not walking down the red carpet like ‘I’m black, I’m black,’” she told Kim.

“No, I certainly won’t walk down the red carpet and try to kiss girls on the way. That’s not what I’m going to do,” the reality star responded.

She continued in a confessional: “I know that I’ve offended people in the past. I need to learn that not everything needs to be expressed.”

Jay – who is openly gay – slammed his former co-star over the 2005 incident.

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Tyra was the host and executive producers of the show[/caption]

Jay and Tyra were joined by judge and photographer Nigel Barker during most seasons
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The 47-year-old told Variety: “I was in the room, and I was sitting right next to her. I remember feeling a little uncomfortable with the statement.

“I could see Tyra trying to draw the parallel and what she was trying to illustrate, and I was confused by it.

“Because we ask these girls to come in the room and the producers remind the girls before they come in, ‘Tell them who you are. You’re not just a pretty face. You have to have a discussion about who you are.’”

The Canadian makeup guru continued: “These girls are coached to speak their truth and tell Tyra who they are, and then Tyra said that, so it seemed a bit unfair.

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Tyra Banks made fun of a model’s gapped teeth in cycle 6[/caption]

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Danielle Evans was refusing to close her gap[/caption]

Since decade-old clips have recently resurfaced, the daytime talk show host asked what was behind the controversial photoshoot

The decade-old clip showed light-skin models having dark makeup put on them for a shoot[/caption]

“You can see it on that model’s face, like, ‘Wait a minute, I was told to say everything about myself, and now you’re telling me to not say this?’”

Earlier this month, fans who re-watched the series blasted Tyra for putting “blackface” on a contestant during season four of the reality show.

During an episode in 2009, contestants had dark makeup put on as they posed for a “bi-racial” Hawaiian photoshoot.

She also was criticized for demanding season six’s Danielle Evans close the gap she had in her front teeth.

Tyra “agrees” with the mass fan backlash she’s received recently

Days after the “problematic” scenes went viral, the former Tyra Show host broke her silence.

She tweeted last week: “Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you.

“Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs.”