Three of the key players on “Project Runway,” Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and Zac Posen, are parting ways with the show, which has become one of cable’s signature reality shows over the course of 16 seasons.
Klum and Gunn will be developing a new reality fashion series for Amazon Prime Video.
“While details remain close to the vest, the show will continue Klum and Gunn’s 14-year relationship and a commitment to making fashion accessible to a wide audience,” Amazon said in announcing the project. “The series will be a fresh take in the reality space and will appeal to a global audience who are entertained by competition, storytelling, and authenticity. Additionally, Amazon Fashion will create a shoppable experience for viewers. This intersection of content, commerce, and technology is perfectly suited to the cord cutter generation and streaming consumers.”
Click here to read the full announcement from Amazon, including quotes from Klum and Gunn.
Designer Posen announced separately that he also will not be returning to his role as a judge when “Project Runway” relaunches on Bravo.
“Working alongside Heidi, Nina and Tim as a judge for six seasons of ‘Project Runway’ was one of the greatest experiences of my career,” Posen said in a statement reported by Deadline. “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. I wish the show and everyone much success always.”
Bravo issued a statement commenting on the departure of Klum and Gunn and reassuring fans of the show that it will continue.
In the statement, published by Deadline, Bravo said: “Bravo is proud to bring ‘Project Runway’ back where it all began, and Heidi and Tim will always be a huge part of the legacy. The series will continue its iconic impact with Bravo’s reboot for the next generation of designers and fans. We are excited to announce our new host and mentor very soon.”
The show will be returning to Bravo for its 17th season after a decade on Lifetime.