11/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tyra Banks Dodges Question On Janice Dickinson And Paulina Porizkova Firings (VIDEO)

Tyra Banks has unveiled her real hair and worn a sign revealing her weight, but just try to get her to address the firings of her fellow judges on 'America's Next Top Model.' Cynthia McFadden did on Nightline Wednesday night. She failed.

"Both Paulina Porizkova and Janice Dickinson, when they left the show, were not very nice about you," McFadden said, mispronouncing Porizkova. If the basic stumble over her fellow former supermodel's last name was a source of glee for Tyra, she did not let on as she smiled with her eyes and seethed with her soul.

"Let's not go there," her publicist interjected.

"I am going to go there. I am going to ask that question," said McFadden before the interview faded to an audition scene. McFadden had lost this battle, but not for want of trying, as ABC's editing was sure to show.

Tyra has blamed the financial crisis for firing Paulina on the eve of her 44th birthday. Paulina said that her enormous ego was cited as the reason.

At least Paulina won't have to wait hours for Tyra to show up for judging this season. A revolving door of models (starting with Chanel Iman last night) and noted fashion experts such as Lauren Conrad and Kim Kardashian will fill the guest judge seat for Cycle 13.


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