Jay McCarroll: Tim Gunn “should not be the adviser or the fuckin’ creative director”

Project Runway‘s first star is not happy with the show’s much-beloved mentor. In fact, today at Fashion Week, he went off on Tim while talking to New York Magazine.

Earlier, Tim told the magazine that he was “regretfully” not in contact with Jay. “I’d like to be, but only if he’s willing to talk,” he said. Asked about that, Jay let his anger toward Tim fly, saying, among other things, that Tim isn’t an “authority” on fashion and says, basically, that his feelings were hurt when Tim called Jay an “embarrassment” for taking a long time to present a collection. Here’s Jay’s full comment about Tim Gunn:

“It’s tough because he talked so much shit about me in the past. And it’s hard when you’re trying to figure your business out. It’s fine. Power to him. He’s having his heyday, but I also don’t think he’s an authority on any designer’s life. He went to school for sculpture or something. I don’t think that he’s ever, to my knowledge, started a fashion line and therefore should not be the adviser or the fuckin’ creative director … how dare you pretend to know what I should be doing with my company? It’s none of your business, dude — you’ve never started a fashion line. You’ve never initiated showing at Bryant Park on your own so don’t tell me what my time line is to show at fuckin’ Bryant Park.

He doesn’t know what I want to do. Maybe I want to fuckin’ take a piss off the Empire State Building and call it fashion. But that’s my fuckin’ prerogative. I just hate that because middle America looks at him like, He’s so nice, he’s like a father to them. On the show he was, sure. I’m not bitter about the man. It’s kind of hurtful. At one point he said I was an embarrassment because I didn’t show yet. And it’s like, fuckin’-A, man. Maybe next season they can make Tim Gunn show a line. Five months. We’ll see how good it is. But don’t worry. I’ll be fine.”

Jay McCarroll and Tim Gunn Still Have Beef [New York Magazine]

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