Janice Dickinson Blames Substance Abuse for Tyra Banks Feud
The first supermodel talks to Oprah Winfrey about her time on America's Next Top Model for Where Are They Now?
Though Dickinson apologized to her former America’s Next Top Model colleague late last year for disparaging comments – calling Banks fat in 2007 and accusing the show of being "rigged," among other offenses – she still has some explaining to do.
In an exclusive clip from Saturday’s episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now, Dickinson, 60, talks about her storied career as the self-proclaimed “world’s first supermodel” and, later, a TV personality on shows including ANTM and Celebrity Rehab.
“I’ve said some pretty bad things about her in the past because I had been fired,” says Dickinson of Banks, 41. “I was very hurt that I had been fired and so I acted out, and that was not when I was acting in a sober-like fashion.”
In hindsight, Dickinson – who publicly dealt with her issues with substance abuse – says, “I loved working with Tyra Banks. It was an amazing experience. Tyra is a tough businesswoman, and she does great TV, and I respect her as a woman.”
Then again, Banks probably should have anticipated that Dickinson might lash out after their professional parting. As Dickinson notes, she was hired to “be like a female Simon Cowell – to be feeding in a negative fashion things about the girls.”
Oprah: Where Are They Now airs Saturdays (10 p.m. ET) on OWN.