In a rather long (for a supermodel/reality show judge), self-examining essay on HuffPo, Paulina opens up about feeling like a failure, particularly because when people get fired in the entertainment business, it's rarely ever talked about:
Generally, admitting to a weakness in a cutthroat setting is far braver than keeping a stiff upper lip…the consequences are the same as announcing you've twisted your ankle to a bunch of muggers. Hence, all the celebrities that "quit" because they were exhausted, had personal conflicts, and the ol' scheduling problems.
She seems to really be feeling her, um, feelings about this, and she's clearly bothered by it. Unfortunately, unlike Janice Dickinson before her, Paulina doesn't dish on any animosity between herself and Tyra, or get into the details of what exactly went down. However, she does end with something that makes her incredibly likable—she wishes she gave Tyra the bird!
I wouldn't have minded to walk away with an extended middle finger and a victorious "I quit!"
Fired at 44 [HuffPo]