All those housewives traipsing around Andy Cohen’s office must stink to the fashion crowd because just as he was touting how great it was that Project Runway was heading back to Bravo, its two leading stars are saying, “See ya later, bitch!” and taking their talent elsewhere. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are ditching the show to produce what sounds like the same thing with a different title on Amazon. So basically the original Project Runway is going to look like an off-brand Project Runway to whatever it is Heidi and Tim do.
Vulture says that earlier today, Tim and Heidi announced that they won’t be around for a 17th season of the show that made things like “Make it work!” and a Michael Kors eyeroll must-have accessories. Amazon hasn’t really said much about what the new show will be like except that it will be tied in with their Amazon Fashion division and create a “shoppable experience” for viewers since Jeff Bezos clearly needs another check. If they don’t have a 3-minute segment of each episode where Tim gathers the contestants around to talk shit and gossip about Anna Wintour, this will really be a lost opportunity. Either way, Heidi still managed to give a fluff “We still respect each other after this break-up” comment about her time on the show:
“After 16 incredible seasons, I am saying ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Project Runway, a show that I was honored to host and help create. I am incredibly proud of the show, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I am so appreciative of the dedicated fans, and most of all, I am grateful that we could shine a light on creativity and help launch so many talented designers’ careers.”
Tim also added he was thankful to the show for “putting me on a path I never, in my wildest dreams, thought my career would take me!” No shit! Is there even a commercial out there that doesn’t have him doing the voiceover?
For those who care, Zac Posen also announced he’s leaving the show, and Bravo said it will announce a new host and mentor “very soon.” But, seriously, just hire back Michael! Half the reason I knew I was gay was in the first seasons when I could figure out which dresses he was going to heckle from behind his sunglasses as being “too pageant” or “too Cher!” I’m kidding…nothing can be too Cher. At this point, it’s just going to be Nina Garcia on the judging panel, and Bravo will just bring on Andy Cohen to be the host. You know that’s going to happen.