With the 20th season of America’s Next Top Model set to premiere on August 2nd and the return of shows like Project Runway and America’s Got Talent, we’ve come to the realization that some of TV’s longest running shows are reality series. That’s right, most of these shows have lasted longer than Cheers, Friends, and M*A*S*H. But unlike those scripted programs, some of these have worn out their welcome.
When Project Runway: All Stars premiered back in January we thought it would fill the void left by the original. But as hard as host and supermodel Angela Lindvall tried, she just couldn’t compete with Heidi Klum and her aufiderzein-ing authority. Luckily for us, Project Runway is back with judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors, plus new (and crazy) designers. Speaking of crazy, it seems Harvey Weinstein and Co. upped the kooky factor with this tenth season’s contestants. We had no fewer than ten WTF moments before their hastily designed garments hit the stage in the middle of Times Square. We’re giving you the top five here, but let us know in the comments what you thought of Project Runway‘s return.
On a very special episode of his new show The Revolution Tim Gunn admitted that it’s been quite a long time since he had a gentleman suitor take a turn on the catwalk. About three decades long, to be exact. “I haven’t had sex in 29 years,” the Project Runway host revealed on the show today. “Do I feel like less of a person because of it? No.” Gunn went on to explain that a negative experience during an “intense” relationship lead to his long-time celibacy. “He was impatient with my sexual performance,” Tim said of his unnamed ex as he blinked back tears. Too bad they couldn’t make it work! Haha, do you get it? We have to laugh or else we will never stop weeping.
This isn’t the first time Tim has talked about his sex life (or lack there of) in public, but it certain is the saddest! Despite his still raw emotions about the decision (and the fact that the world is a cruel, cold, unfeeling place for hurting someone as wonderful as him), Tim Gunn reminded everyone that sex is not the most important factor in a good relationship of any kind. “I’m a perfectly fulfilled person… but it’s very physiological,” he said. “I’m happy to be healthy and alive, frankly.” We couldn’t agree more! Well, unless we were agreeing to egg this guy’s house with you and Heidi while wearing matching couture face masks. Then we would be even more agreeable.
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Could anything suggest how women have advanced over the years more than a naked Victoria’s Secret model? Not according to Nancy Dubuc, president of the Lifetime. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network’s new honcho announced that Project Runway‘s ninth season would be promoted by a nude image of host Heidi Klum, which would be ironic even if Dubuc wasn’t using the campaign as an example of how Lifetime will reach out to modern women, who apparently see the network as old and stodgy—and would prefer their fellow ladies to be hot and nude.
Dubuc, speaking at Real Screen’s Factual Entertainment Forum yesterday, reportedly told the audience that she was moving Lifetime away from “women in peril” programming to focus on “brazen, strong, confident and sexy” examples of the “contemporary women.” And if such women happen to flesh-baring supermodels? Well, then everybody’s happy! “It’s Heidi F—in’ Klum,” said the network head. Maybe next season they can hawk the fashion design show with photos of Heidi Klum f—in’!
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Why exactly is Jessica Simpson rocking a runway with Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and Heidi Klum? It’s because she’s a frickin’ fashion icon now ya’ll! Spoiler Alert: She’s a guest judge on this season’s Project Runway finale and she was working it in a gunmetal Michel Kors sheath at the taping of the final show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. (Hallelujah for Kors’ styling!)
Now we love us some Jess, who used to be a singer once upon a time. We also know she’s a fashion designer with her own clothing line for voluptuous women, which we think is awesome. Our issues are more to do with her own very questionable fashion choices like the French maid dress gone wrong and those infamous mom jeans. She’s not the most sartorially savvy gal around, so if she was judging out clothes, we’d probs be all “WTF?!” about it. Let’s hope she does a better job with other people’s outfits than she does with her own.
As devoted fans of Project Runway know, Heidi Klum is never not pregnant. Klum and husband Seal keep cranking out adorably photogenic babies but more importantly, they are devoted to making their marriage work above all else. Klum (who has officially taken Seal’s last name, Samuel) said that the key to making the relationship work is to only have eyes for her husband. “I don’t flirt. It’s disrespectful to your husband,” Heidi told InStyle magazine (via People). “I would never do that. I’m very devoted, and he’s the same.” Also, when your only male coworkers are Michael Kors and Tim Gunn, it’s easy not to flirt.
The couple also renews their wedding vows every year to really hammer that love home, and other celebrity couples have taken notice. Recently when Fergie and Josh Duhamel renewed their own wedding vows, Duhamel admitted he stole the idea. “We got the idea from Heidi Klum and Seal. They do that and she’s like, ‘I want to do that!’ I thought it was a great idea and why not?” he said.
We think Heidi and Seal’s devotion is refreshingly old-fashioned – our generation needs a Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward-style union, so maybe they’re it. [Photo: Getty Images]
As if Heidi Klum wasn’t graceful enough, balancing a powerhouse career as a supermodel and host of “Project Runway,” while keeping hubby Seal and their soon-to-be family of six smiling, Heidi found quite a slick way to respond to Karl Lagerfeld‘s dis of her career. The Chanel designer recently snarked, “I don’t know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France. Claudia Schiffer also doesn’t know who she is.”
Heidi responds in the new issue of Page Six Magazine, saying, “I don’t know why [Karl] said that. Maybe he wanted to be in the paper? Maybe he doesn’t understand what I do? It’s bizarre to me that he says he doesn’t know who I am because he’s dressed me in the past. I’ve worn Karl Lagerfeld. Not even Chanel—his line. Lagerfeld doesn’t just send random things everywhere, so it was a big thing for me [to wear his label] to the CFDA Awards a few years ago. I don’t know how he missed that, when he dressed me that time. But you know, it’s cool. People can say whatever they want to say. You can’t please everybody, and you can’t live your life wanting to please everybody either.”
Take that! [Source: Page Six Magazine; Photo: Rankin]
Remember Kenley Collins, from season 5 of Project Runway? Of course you do – she was the whiny chick who everyone hated for wearing feathers in her hair and making the same dress 100 times through her blubbery tears.
We always suspected there was something a bit crazy about Kenley, and we’ve been proven correct! The fashion freak was busted yesterday in her Brooklyn apartment, after she allegedly beat up her ex-fiance with whatever she could grab, including some apples, a computer, water and their poor, helpless cat. She apparently also told the dude, who was asleep when the violence began, “You’re lucky … it could’ve been a lot worse.”
The wannabe designer was dragged off to jail and busted on charges of assault and possession of a deadly weapon (her innocent cat, perhaps?). Auf Wiedersehen! [TMZ. Photo: GettyImages]
Everyone loves reality TV when it’s spiced up by illicit love affairs — especially when the show doesn’t intentionally play up romance for the sake of drama. Project Runway, known for its contestants’ talent rather than their sex lives, has made a match this season. Two designers, Episode 2′s casualty, Wesley Nault, and this week’s drag-show victim Daniel Feld (elimination aside, best episode ever!), have found not only an aspiring business together — but also love. You may not have noticed the sparks between them on the air. Explains Feld to the New York Post: “We were trying to keep everything private. Every time we were holding hands, or had our heads resting on each other, and the cameras would turn towards us, we’d never let them catch us.”
It also helps that the super-secret relationship only had five days to blossom before Nault got the boot. The couple has been going strong ever since. However, patriarch of all things Runway, Tim Gunn had this to say about viewing the show as a breeding ground for love connections “If anyone looks at Project Runway as Project Hookup, they’re going to be disappointed.” Come on Tim, embrace your inner Yente! [Photo: Bravo TV]