Tim Gunn Wants Nina Garcia Back on ‘Project Runway’

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Getting face time with Tim Gunn at last night's Parson's Benefit at the Grand Hyatt was like trying to talk to the bride on her wedding day. He had to exchange pleasantries with everyone there. Good thing we sharpened our elbows for the evening! We managed to push in and — rather than dull pleasantries — ask what everyone really wants to know: What's up with Nina Garcia, and is she going to be on Project Runway again? "You know, all that I know is from what I read. I desperately hope that we see Nina, because, as far as I’m concerned, she’s critical and integral to the show," Gunn said. "I mean, the chemistry that Nina and Heidi and Michael have is extraordinary, and why would we want to mess with that? I’m just hoping on hopes that Nina comes back. I just can’t imagine not having her." Michael Kors's Runway fate is also unknown, since he hasn't yet signed on for the series once it starts airing on Lifetime. "[Garcia] comes from a departure and a point of view that neither Heidi nor Michael have, or want to have," Gunn added. "And that’s why they make such a great trio." Sigh. We agree. —Randi Eichenbaum