The real reason Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum left Project Runway

Project Runway first debuted on our screens in 2004 with supermodel Heidi Klum leading the charge as the show’s host with fashion consultant Tim Gunn by her side as the contestants’ mentor. The two quickly became the face of the show and went on to make 16 seasons together, calling it quits at the same time in 2018 (via Good Housekeeping). 

Speaking to The New York Post, Gunn revealed the real reason they decided to leave: “Heidi and I have wanted to make changes to Project Runway for quite a while,” he said. “We were joined in that desire by the Project Runway showrunner for the last eleven seasons, an incredible woman by the name of Sara Rea. And the network wouldn’t budge — they said ‘This is a success, people like the format, we’re not going to change anything.'” So rather than stick around, they saw this as their opportunity to go off and create a show of their own.

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn have reunited for Making the Cut on Amazon Prime Video

Just over a year after leaving Project Runway, it was announced that Klum and Gunn had reunited for Making the Cut, a reality fashion competition series, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in March 2020. According to Variety, the show has gone global, meaning designers from all over the world can enter, and guest judges include the likes of Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Carine Roitfeld, Joseph Altuzarra, and Chiara Ferragni, among others.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Klum revealed how it differs from Project Runway, explaining that they had introduced a “shop” element, connecting the designers and the audience. “When you see a design that you actually love, you can buy it,” she said. “It’s not only great for the consumer, but it’s also amazing for our designers. We never had that aspect where we could actually help the designers to really branch out into the real world like this on Project Runway.”

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