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.
Recently-ex Project Runway hostess and the Halloween version of SNL’s Penelope, Heidi Klum, has no regrets about leaving the brand that made her famous. In fact, she did everything but straight up tell People that the show has been a bore for several seasons now and she’s glad she’s leaving.
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.
Everyone at Bravo cried into the lamé scraps of Mood Fabrics back in 2008 when The Weinstein Company decided to uproot Project Runway and send Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn & Co. to Lifetime. It was definitely a blow to the network built upon a foundation of filming gays making over straights, over-serving middle-aged housewives, and attempts at fashion that would send Michael Kors into fits and shrieks of “It’s too pageant!” Welp, nearly ten years later, TWC is broke after the fall of Harvey Weinstein, and Project Runway is strutting back into the arms of Andy Cohen. Continue reading
In case you still replay the Project Runway finale in the middle of the night just so you can scream “WHYWHYWHYWHY” over and over again, here’s a video of Tim Gunn at the King of Prussia mall this past weekend where he explained how the Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Neeeeenah Garceeeeeah came to the decision to the lift the house off of the Wicked Wretchen of Oregon to give her the winner’s check. Tim explains that after hours of deliberating, Heidi finally asked Tim who he thought should win that mess. Tim and Heidi both went with Mondo while Michael and Neeeeneah stood in the dark side. Oh, and while Jessica Simpson played with a Ding Dong wrapper in the corner.
Tim says that he ultimately understood their choice since poor broke Gretchen really needs the money and Mondo will skip along the rainbow of success anyways.
Well, now you know to CC Michael and Neeeenah when you write a ragey “AH WANT MY 10,0000 HOURS BACK” letter to Lifetime. And now you also know that you won’t be the only one writing Mondo’s name on the ballot sheet when you vote today. Tim is too.