The “Project Runway” Season 8 reunion just aired, before the finale where Mondo Guerra will inevitably take the crown.
(Go ahead and fight, Heidi Klum, Jessica Simpson, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. We all know how this will turn out.)
(*UPDATE* Except we don’t! Somehow Gretchen Jones won over Mondo Guerra.)
Reality show reunions are always fun, but this one was a little vanilla. It needed more Someone Call Out Ivy spice.
After Valerie Mayen announced she got a marriage proposal from someone on Facebook and Casanova said he learned a lot of English from watching the show, we got to the bitchfest.
Of course, everything this season has been back-and-forth between being incredibly bitchy and being incredibly emotional.
A.J. Thouvenot said people on the street always want to know about Gretchen, Jason and Ivy.
Is Jason really crazy?
Is Ivy really mean?
Is Gretchen really bitch?
Gretchen’s defense: “I’m not a bitch, I just play one on TV.”
For some reason Heidi laughed at that.
Gretchen, choking up: “I think being a girl that’s confident quickly shifts into role of ‘bitch’ in a manner that I feel is not right just for saying my opinion.”
Ivy Higa — of all people — shakes her head and Heidi calls her out on it.
What is fake, Heidi asks.
Ivy: “We lived with her!”
April Johnston says Gretchen would say things that are positive — like complimenting Christopher Collins’ work — and then in the interviews she would trash what they made.
Gretchen: “What I say is not about people’s characters. My biased opinion about design, it’s just my opinion.”
Michael Costello: “In Gretchen’s defense … I know that she does mean well.”
Mondo doesn’t think it’s fair to pick on Gretchen.
True, if we’re going to take on Gretchen we need to address the Poison Ivy issue. To me, Ivy will always be worse, especially for the way she accused Michael C. of cheating.
But Gretchen is wrong about the b-word. She is not being called that for being an outspoken woman. She’s being called that for being bossy, arrogant, controlling and holier-than-thou. She thought she was Tim 2.0.
She’s not one-dimensional — she does have a nice side, and she and Tim became friends later in the season. And the other designers are no saints. MC bitched with the best of them and Mondo has plenty of attitude. I wish they had all been called out on it.
And is Jason Troisi really crazy? He didn’t get to say one word on the matter.
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