Janice Dickinson regrets nothing she said on America's Next Top Model : 'It was acting'

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Janice Dickinson regrets nothing she said on America's Next Top Model : 'It was acting'

Janice Dickinson apparently coined acting on America's Next Top Model.

The infamous supermodel and judge on Tyra Banks' long-running reality competition series revealed in a new video that her energy on the set — along with her famously scathing critiques, like saying one contestant's face in a photo looked "like the battery died in her vibrator" — was put on for the cameras.

"Um, no. It was acting. And that's that," Dickinson said in the clip (below), after being asked if she "regrets things" she said as a permanent judge on the show from cycles 1 through 4.

She elaborated slightly in the video's caption, writing, "People forget that TV is acting."

A representative for Banks tells EW the ANTM host has no comment on Dickinson's video.

Though it was a beloved pop cultural phenomenon across its 24-cycle run, ANTM has come under fire in recent years, as viewers have found fault with some of the show's challenges (like painting models' skin tones for photo shoots that required them to pose as women from different races) as well as the judges' critiques.

Banks, who once told EW she even considered quitting the show during cycle 8, addressed the controversy in a May 2020 tweet.

"Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you," Banks wrote. "Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs."

Janice Dickinson with Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model
Janice Dickinson with Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model

Hulu Janice Dickinson and Tyra Banks embrace on 'America's Next Top Model.'

Dickinson — who first rose to prominence as one of the world's most in-demand models in the 1970s and '80s — has also regularly spoken out against the show, even calling Banks "soulless" after her tenure on it ended.

"When I was hired to do ANTM, Tyra hired me to be like a female Simon Cowell, to be feeding, in negative fashion, things about the girls," Dickinson clarified in a subsequent interview with the Oprah Winfrey Network.

"Tyra's a tough businesswoman, and she does great TV. I respect her as a woman," she continued. "I've said some pretty bad things about her in the past because I'd been fired, and I was very hurt that I'd been fired, so I acted out. That's not when I acted in a sober-like fashion. I really apologize to you, Tyra, for the things I might've said to you, because she is a great lady, and thanks to her, I've had a very successful career on television."

Watch Dickinson's new Instagram post above.

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