“Project Runway” closed out its fifth season with Bravo’s biggest-ever ratings, but host Heidi Klum is not certain she’ll ever get to “auf” an aspiring designer again.
“Runway” had almost 5 million people tuning in to watch Leanne Marshall, the 27-year-old designer from Portland, Oregon, out design her competitors, Korto Momolu and Kenley Collins, to be named the winner of “Project Runway” season five. But a battle between Bravo and Lifetime has the future of the hit design show hanging by a thread purchased at Mood.
“I just hope that we air,” Host Heidi Klum told Access Hollywood Thursday while filming an her Got Milk campaign ad. “We had such a great sixth season. Tomorrow is actually the last day, we’ve shot everything already. So, I really just hope that we get aired. Otherwise, people would not see the amazing talent that is on the show.”
As previously reported on Access, in September a court granted NBC Universal (Access Hollywood’s parent company) an injunction against The Weinstein Company (“Runway’s” producer), who planned on taking the show to competitor Lifetime.
“I just hope that they figure out this whole drama that they have going on and that we get [the sixth season] aired,” Heidi said.
As for the end of this season, Heidi told Access that she’s very happy with the designer who said she found inspiration for her sustainable line while sitting on a riverbank in Portland.
“I’m so excited for Leanne. What a great designer and what a nice girl she is too. I hope she’s gonna make it far. She deserves every bit of it,” Heidi told Access. “She worked really really hard and she’s very talented. She had new ideas and I think that’s what our competition on ‘Project Runway’ is all about.”
It appears using environmentally friendly design concepts helped Leanne win over the judges.
“Any idea that is new is important,” Heidi said referencing Leanne’s sustainable line. “We’re always looking for someone on ‘Project Runway’ that is really new and brings something to the table that we haven’t seen before. She’s really unique and has really great new ideas and that’s why she ended up being the winner.“