‘Project Runway’ has designs on an Emmy record — without former hosts and champs Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn

It’s the end of an era. After a win and six nominations together, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn will not be in the Best Reality Host Emmy lineup for “Project Runway” this year as they left the show before the 17th season. The series will look to return to the field with its current hosts Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano, which would make “Project Runway” stand alone as the most nominated show in the category.

“Project Runway” is currently tied with “Dancing with the Stars” with nine nominations each. “Dancing” host Tom Bergeron was shortlisted for the first nine years of the category’s existence, winning in 2012, before getting dumped in 2017. Klum scored three consecutive solo bids from 2008-10 before being dropped in 2011 and ’12. After that, she and Gunn submitted together, won in 2013 and had been nominated every year since. Until now.

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Klum and Gunn departed “Runway” last fall to develop a new fashion competition show for Amazon. Season 17, the first installment to air on Bravo since Season 5, was the first without the OG host and mentor. But “Runway” made it work with Kloss and Siriano, arguably the most successful alum, let alone winner, of the program. The pair will return for the 18th season, scheduled to premiere in the fall.

But will Emmy voters be as receptive to this new “Runway” duo? Change is hard, and Klum and Gunn were so synonymous with “Project Runway.” Plus, there’s a bit of sense that voters repeatedly nominated them out of habit. Given their streak, had Klum and Gunn remained on “Runway,” we’d probably be predicting them for a seventh consecutive nomination right now and a record 10th overall for Klum and the show. But what will voters do when they scan the ballot and don’t see Klum’s and Gunn’s names for the mothership (Alyssa Milano is submitted for “Project Runway All Stars”)?

Currently, Kloss and Siriano are in 14th place in our odds. Three-time reigning champ RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) is out in front, followed by two-time champ Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”), the “Queer Eye” guys, Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”), and “Making It” duo Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

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