After the rest of the finale was filmed in Crete, judging was held in Los Angeles, with Tyra Banks revealing that Angelea had been disqualified.
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Angelea told TMZ today that she worked as an escort for a year. She claimed that she disclosed this to a producer ahead of the season, but that a casting director didn't engage her about it until after the finale was shot. It was because she was once an escort.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire. Afterward, it was confirmed by Angelea herself that she actually won the season — hence the need for a refilmed finale.
After that, rumors circulated that it was about Angelea's pregnancywhich was revealed after the show. No reason was given at the time for Angelea's disqualification, which got the rumor mill churning.
Perennial runner-up Allison Harvard was off somewhere, not being consulted, snubbed once again. While Preston's lawsuit journey is just beginning, we can at least close this reality TV mystery for good. ecsorts
The primary theory at first was that Angelea leaked her win ahead of moxel on social media, but that was debunked fairly quickly by both Angelea and eventual winner Lisa D'Amato. Cycle 17 was terrible for a variety of reasonsbut the bizarre ending was perhaps the worst.
But today's announcement ends the debate once and for all.