Why Isn’t Heidi Klum On 'Project Runway' Season 17? The Former Host Has A New Project To Get Excited About

When Project Runway returns, it will be on a new network with
pretty much all new faces. In one of three cast exits,
Heidi Klum left Project Runway
after 16 seasons. She joined

mentor Tim Gunn and judge Zac Posen
, who also departed after
the series switched networks from Lifetime to Bravo. Still, that
doesn’t mean Klum’s left the fashion world for good. In fact, she
and Gunn are still making it work just on a whole new show.

Despite the sudden exit, Klum had only kind things to say about
her time on Project Runway. According to People magazine,
her statement

“After 16 incredible seasons, I am saying ‘Auf
Wiedersehen’ to Project Runway, a show that I was honored to host
and help create. I am incredibly proud of the show, and it will
always have a special place in my heart. I am so appreciative of
the dedicated fans, and most of all, I am grateful that we could
shine a light on creativity and help launch so many talented
designers careers.”

She then added the exciting news she and Gunn are working on a
new show together for Amazon. There aren’t a lot of details about
that series yet, but it will also be some sort of fashion
competition, and one that’s not limited to the U.S. According to
Variety, the new project has
opened casting to designers worldwide
in order to help bring
more of a focus to global fashion and design. The outlet reported
that the series only begins filming this summer, so it will still
be a while before it makes its way to fans’ TV screens.

Project Runway also isn’t the only show Klum recently left.
After judging America’s Got Talent for six seasons,
she exited that show
earlier this year, according to TV Line.
She posted a photo on Twitter of her fellow judges along with a
goodbye to thank everyone for the past six years. “I will be
watching and voting from home,” she promised.

An unnamed source claimed to Entertainment Tonight that the
decision was made because the
network reportedly wanted to change things up
, and Klum had
other projects in the works (as did Mel B. and Tyra Banks, who also
left the show after Season 13). Mel B. and Klum’s judges seats will
be occupied by Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough for the next
season of AGT, per TV Line’s report.

As for Project Runway, there are a ton of new
on the judging/hosting/mentoring side. Judge Nina Garcia
is the only one remaining from previous seasons. She’s joined by
former Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth and fashion designer
Brandon Maxwell. Taking Gunn’s spot is Project Runway Season 4
winner Christian Siriano, while model Karlie Kloss is coming aboard
as Klum’s replacement. Still, Bravo acknowledged the impact Klum
and Gunn had on the series with a statement.

“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,” a
network statement said, according to the aforementioned
Entertainment Weekly article. “The series will continue its iconic
impact with Bravos reboot for the next generation of designers and

Fans can tune into the Kloss-hosted version of the show
beginning on March 14 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. And if you miss Klum,
just know there are more fun fashion things coming from her

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Why Isn’t Heidi Klum On 'Project Runway' Season 17? The Former Host Has A New Project To Get Excited About