Sunday, June 1, 2008

JMack Won't Be Back on Project Runway :-(

We were sure the delicious and uber-talented Jack Mackenroth would be back on the next season of Project Runway...but we were wrong. We're sad, but we understand: First of all, Runway is moving from gay-friendly Bravo to "Television for Women" network Lifetime, which is pretty sure to change at least some elements of the production and tone down the gay factor at least a little bit. But more importantly, as Jack told the New York Post in the quote below, his specialty is menswear, which Runway notoriously disregards. It's a shame; with the influence Runway has had on the public's interest in and knowledge of fashion, the show could really open people's minds to more interesting men's stylings.

Oh well. Jack will be fine, and we'll be on the lookout for his's what Jack told the NY Post.

“After a long process of weighing the pros and cons of returning to Project Runway Season 5, I have decided not to audition again. Though I loved my experience on the show and hope to continue working with Bravo in the future, I really feel that it’s time to start the next chapter of my life. During my short stint on season 4, I was never in the bottom three and I won the menswear challenge, which is my field of expertise, so I feel like I accomplished most of what I started.

I do, however, want to thank all the viewers and vocal fans who have continually voiced their desire to see me back on Season 5. I hope that I haven’t let anyone down, but in the end I came to realize that I could not give up another year of my life. Even my short stint on Project Runway has presented me with so many opportunities ranging from design to television and an area that is closest to my heart, HIV activism. I really couldn’t have asked for more.

I especially want to give thanks to the HIV community, which has been so supportive over the last year. If anything, I hope that I have shown you that it is possible to live successfully with HIV. You have not seen the last of me!

To the next batch of designers on Season 5…sew your hearts out!” has more details...

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