March 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks announced in a statement that she and the show’s producers are “doing everything we can” to audition “ALL the girls” who were turned away Saturday after the show’s New York City auditions ended in a melee that caused injuries and three arrests. “It is so important to me to…make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream,” said Banks in the statement. The 13th cycle of the series is the first time women 5′ 7″ and shorter have been allowed to audition for the show.

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