The fashion guru said that Project Runway's sixth season was most likely the first and last installment to film in Los Angeles instead of New York City, the Atlanta Journal-Constitutionreported Monday.
"Oh, that dreaded season six will never leave us alone!" said Gunn while speaking at Georgia State University, according to the Journal-Constitution.
"At first, I defended the show's qualities. Then I realized I was swimming against the tide... You barely see [regular judges] Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. I also say I do believe there's something about the slower pace of Los Angeles. The very different fashion scene and sensibility and that impacted the designers. We're in many ways a gauge of our environment. I noticed immediately when we taped season seven [the current season,] there was more energy, more vitality."
While Project Runway's first five editions filmed in New York City, last year's sixth season -- the first to air on Lifetime following the network's acquisition of the show -- was shot in Los Angeles to accommodate host Heidi Klum's schedule.
"We like to change it up, we like to go back and fourth," she said at the time. "So, the [eighth season] will probably be back in L.A. again."
While Gunn stated that Lifetime's original plan was to alternate between New York and Los Angeles, he now thinks the plan is to remain in the Big Apple, according to the Journal-Constitution.
Despite the unpopular decision to film in L.A., Gunn said he is glad that Lifetime has not been involved with Project Runway's elimination process, according to the Journal-Constitution, which added the fashion guru claimed Bravo "meddled" with which contestant was booted during its fifth and final season on the network.
(Photo credit Lifetime)
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