No repeat winner for Chicago on "Top Model"

You can forget a repeat for the Windy City as far as America’s Next Top Model is concerned. Chicago’s own Ebony Morgan left the competition. Like the 2007 Chicago Cubs in this year’s playoffs – she quit (technically, the Chicago area is hanging in there – Heather Kuzmich from Valparaiso, Ind. is still in the competition.)

Ebony fell into the bottom two, and when Tyra Banks announced the other model was going home, Ebony stunned everybody by announcing she wants out. Of course, the editing was suspect too, so it looks like Ebony was set up here.

I knew something was was wrong when Lou Pinella gave her that pep talk.

Last season’s winner, Jaslene Gonzalez from Humboldt Park, won the competition in the eighth cycle.

And as for Ms. Banks, it’s time for you to quit that stupid talk show and focus more on Top Model. This show is clearly falling apart in this cycle with the ratings down in key demos from a year ago. Like Ebony, the audience is quitting on Top Model, and last week’s episode shows you why. What goes around comes around, Miss Thang.

Interesting you chew out someone and you only appear on the show 10 percent of the time. And I don’t give a damn if you’re the executive producer or not. I wonder if Ms. banks made the decision to show Ebony’s audition tape after she quit? Totally classless.

Is it just me, or has this been an less-than-stellar season for returning reality/competition TV shows? With the exception of Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, nobody cares about these type of programs anymore. And with a writer’s strike looming, the network schedules will likely be full of them, driving disinterested viewers (like yours truly) away.

If Ms. Banks doesn’t start getting more involved in her “creation” soon, it too will go away.