Heidi Klum, the German supermodel who has served as host of "Project Runway" since its inception, has left as host of the current "Project Runway All Stars" because of a disagreement over money. While fans of the show will be able to see some of their favorite past contestants get another shot at fashion stardom, the most famous face of all will be missing.
According to RumorFix, Heidi Klum left because she and the production company couldn't come to a financial agreement. Not only will there be a new host, all of the judges will be new too. "There will be a new host and there will be new judges, which we will release later," said a show representative to RumorFix. The show representative emphasized that Heidi Klum will remain as host of "Project Runway." The production company is now shooting episode three of the eight-episode "Project Runway All Stars" in New York City.
Fans excited about the return of "Project Runway All Stars" in its expanded form are surely disappointed over this new development. Not only is the immensely likeable Heidi Klum gone but the charismatic Michael Kors and harsh but knowledgeable Nina Garcia, both of whom have served as judges on "Project Runway" since season 1, are gone too. The decision to get rid of Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, and Nina Garcia may turn out to be a fatal mistake for Lifetime Television. Some of the best reality TV moments are when a past contestant needs to face a judge who has ripped him or her apart in the past. Instead of being forced to address and avoid their past mistakes, the contestants may just repeat their design habits in hopes of getting a different reaction from the new set of judges.
On the other hand, a new host and judges' panel may provide a much-needed fresh perspective. This new development has certainly already provided "Project Runway All Stars" with a buzz of anticipation and scandal, which usually translates into good ratings.
Project Runway has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy. The Emmys air September 18th on FOX.