This spring, it was announced that after about 10 years on Lifetime, "Project Runway" would be returning to its original network, Bravo, with its original production company. As someone who stopped watching the show as soon as it moved to Lifetime, but still watches a lot of Bravo, I thought I might start watching it again upon its return to the "Real Housewives" channel, but now I'm not so sure.
On Friday, it was announced that the anchors of the show — Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, who have been with the series for all 16 seasons — would not be returning for the Bravo revival. Instead, they're going to Amazon.
Amazon Fashion and Prime Video have joined forces for a new fashion reality series that will air in more than 200 countries and territories, according to a press release. Details about the series itself are still scarce, but it will involve a shoppable experience to create an "intersection of content, commerce, and technology."
"Their drive to deliver fashionably entertaining, engaging and trendsetting content speaks for itself, and we believe their next iteration in this space will find an even larger audience on our global Prime Video runway," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.
Needless to say, it's the end of an era for "Project Runway," whose new hosts will be hard-pressed to find replacements for the iconic catch phrases, "Make it work," and, "Auf Wiedersehen."
"After 16 incredible seasons, I am saying 'Auf Wiedersehen' to 'Project Runway,' a show that I was honored to host and help create," said Klum in a statement. "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. I'm most excited that my journey with my dear friend and colleague, Tim Gunn, is far from over. We will be partnering with Amazon for a new show, and we're excited for everyone to see what we’re designing next!"
"I am grateful to 'Project Runway' for putting me on a path I never, in my wildest dreams, thought my career would take me!" added Gunn. "I am so proud to have been a part of the groundbreaking process that showcased talented young designers as never before. Most importantly, I am indebted to our incredible fans, they are the heart and soul of what we do, and continue to inspire us to raise the bar in this arena. I'm excited for them to see what’s next, as I partner with Amazon and Heidi Klum on our next great fashion adventure."
There's no word on who might be in the running to replace Gunn and Klum on "Project Runway;" we just hope they have the same level of knowledge of and experience in the industry that the Emmy-winning duo brought to the series.
If you're feeling sad, we suggest listening to this motivational song and remembering to always "lighten up, it's just fashion."
UPDATE, Sept. 7, 1:20 p.m.: Host Zac Posen has announced he will also not be returning to "Project Runway."
"Working alongside Heidi, Nina and Tim as a judge for six seasons of Project Runway was one of the greatest experiences of my career," he wrote in an Instagram caption. "I will cherish the opportunity the show gave me to learn from and grow with my co-judges, the producers, crew and designers. Runway has led to incredible opportunities, and I am currently at work on some new projects that I am very excited to share with you soon, Stay tuned! I wish the show and everyone much success always."
UPDATE, June 26, 10:50 a.m.: According to a new report in The Hollywood Reporter, Klum and Gunn's upcoming fashion competition reality show will be called "Making the Cut," and the first challenge of the series was filmed in Paris this week. The shoppable program, slated to hit Amazon Prime Video in 2020, will also feature an impressive roster of judges and guest judges, including Nicole Richie, Naomi Campbell, Carine Roitfeld and Joseph Altuzarra.
UPDATE, July 17, 9:10 a.m.: According to Deadline, Chiara Ferragni has joined "Making the Cut" as part of the fashion reality competition's judging panel. The "Blonde Salad" blogger, designer and mega-influencer previously worked with Klum and Gunn on Season 13 of "Project Runway," where she served as a guest judge. "Make the Cut" is expected to air on demand next spring.