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Tyra Banks almost quit her hit “America’s Next Top Model” show because the pressure of producing the show caused her too much stress.

In an interview with the New York Post, Banks confesses:

“I’ve thought about turning the reigns over. I had to be reminded that the show is my baby. A few years ago, I was willing to give my baby up for adoption!” The 38 year old, who recently graduated from Harvard Business School, reveals she is now focused on learning how to share the workload.

“I am learning how to delegate, and how to empower people. It has decreased my stress more. Now we are going to be producing so much more television. I didn’t produce more TV because I am so much a micro-manager, hands on. But now, I realise that in order to truly grow, I have to delegate and find amazing people that are better at it than me”.

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The 19th season of America’s Next Top Model returns on August 24 with three new hosts. Longtime judges Jay Alexander and Nigel Barker were replaced with Kelly Cutrone, male model Rob Evans and “the fourth judge is the home audience, which we’ve never done before,” Banks said.

The newest season will be a college-themed edition, featuring models from universities and trade schools.

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