That's how he put it in a recent interview.
Nigel Barker Is Happy For Tyra Banks, Still Watches ANTM: "It's a Great Show"
“I know it was tough on [Tyra] as well," Nigel told. "It’s never easy to fire someone, least of all, of course, a friend. At the same time, this is business and things change. She’s a good girl, a strong woman, and she’s done a lot with her life.”
Nigel said the bottom line is "I'm happy for her." In fact, he said he's still watching ANTM.