Elle Macpherson out at ‘Fashion Star’


By Melissa Hank TV Guide Canada

Show could go with hostless, new format

To borrow from Heidi Klum and Project Runway, in fashion one day you’re in and the next day you’re out. Sadly for Elle Macpherson, the catchphrase is apt today as the model has officially been booted from NBC’s Fashion Star – at least onscreen.

Macpherson will remain an executive producer for Fashion Star, but also will be kept busy developing a new show, Goddess With Guts, with her Fashion Star producing partner Ben Silverman.

“I have been involved with Fashion Star from the beginning, and am very proud to see it come to life, not only in America but globally,” Macpherson told the New York Post. “The show is in great hands, and although I will not be hosting this season, I will still be very involved [and] will be reviewing the format for the upcoming season.”

There are reportedly more changes in store for the fledgling series. The New York Post reports Fashion Star could be overhauling its format, meaning that the series could go without a host at all when it returns.

Fashion Star’s freshman season saw designers battle for the chance to be carried in Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M. However H&M, which recently joined forces with Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace, has pulled out of Fashion Star for Season 2. No word yet on which, if any, company will replace it.

What is staying the same is the judging panel, consisting of Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie.

Ratings for Fashion Star have been less than stellar. The show debuted to 4.55 million viewers, holding relatively steady to wrap with 4.81 million viewers. New York City’s Kara Laricks won the first season, bringing in slightly more than $6.6 million from the buyers and eclipsing runner-up Ronnie Escalante, who took in $420,000.

Seeing as NBC did not include it in its fall schedule, it’s assumed the series will bow at midseason.

Will you miss Elle? Are you eager to see the revamped show? Comment below.

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