When “Project Runway” returns to its original home on Bravo for its 17th season, designer Zac Posen won’t be there. He’s exiting the fashion design competition, following host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn out the door.
“Working as a judge for six seasons of ‘Project Runway’ was one of the greatest experiences of my career,” Posen said in a statement. “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.”
He didn’t give any details, but it would not be a surprise if he rejoined Klum and Gunn for their just-announced new fashion reality series for Amazon Prime Video that a press release described as “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.”
For its part, Bravo addressed the departures in a statement, assuring that ‘Project Runway’ “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.”
Both the series and Klum are nominated for Emmy Awards this year.