By Joshua Rich
Updated May 18, 2009 at 10:56 PM EDT

Nearly a week after Paulia Porizkova revealed that she was fired from her job as a judge on America’s Next Top Model, executive producer Ken Mok issued a statement essentially confirming Porizkova’s assertion that Mok and fellow exec producer Tyra Banks let Porizkova go because the show had “gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat and the fat was me.” Said Mok: “The current state of the economy has forced shows to make major budget cutsindustry wide; and America’s Next Top Model is not immune to these financiallychallenging times. We’ve had to make significant cuts in every area of theproduction and, unfortunately, Paulina was a casualty of these cuts. Tyra, whopursued Paulina to join the show as a judge multiple times, was incrediblysaddened by the decision the show was forced to make. We really enjoyed workingwith Paulina, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”