This news absolutely hurts my heart. Because for many years I watched the Heidi Klum lead series Project Runway to await the quirky challenges new designers would encounter like “high heels made of chicken nuggets” and “plexiglass cocktail bikinis.” Ok, neither one of those designs ever happened, but I was holding out hope. Alas, they may never come to be now. Because it’s being reported that after fifteen years and seventeen seasons, Project Runway may finally be coming to an end.
This really shouldn’t be too much of a shock since Project Runway OGs Heidi Klum and everyone’s favorite judgmental uncle Tim Gunn tipped on out last year to begin working on a different fashion competition for Amazon titled Making The Cut. Also, once they both left Runway was also out over at Lifetime and returned to its first home Bravo. In an attempt to keep the party going Runway enlisted the help of Karlie Kloss to take over for Heidi and designer/season four winner Christian Siriano who took over as mentor. Page Six reports that although Runway has enjoyed working with both Karlie and Christian, they’re basically the Boone’s Farm version of Heidi and Tim.
“Karlie signed a two-year deal, so you’ll see her on the next season, but it’s doubtful that she’ll return.” Producers love Kloss, we’re told, and another source said: “Karlie is a delight, but without Heidi and Tim, it just changed the dynamic of everything.” The insider added: “And let’s face it, Karlie always has an enormous amount of work.”
Another piece of the puzzle is Runway‘s declining ratings since Heidi and Tim left. Also, for the first time in its fifteen-year history, Runway was not nominated for an Emmy! But honestly, cancellation talk may all be speculation because Bravo has instantly put its finger up against the lips of the rumor mill to speak out against these horrendous lies.
A Bravo spokesperson said there is “no truth” the show would end, adding: “Ratings were strong and grew week after week, and there continues to be major support for the show from the network. We are excited about the next season, which is currently in production, and for many more after that.”
Translation: You better DVR every last episode we got because this shit is about to retire to the re-run graveyard. It’s a shame too because I got a kick out of Runway and watching contestants turn things like shedded-rat hair and used diapers from a dumpster into an evening gown. The closest I got to being that talented was when I wore a lampshade during a New Year’s Eve party asking everyone if they had any bright ideas. Don’t judge me!