Jennifer Lopez’s rep denies she skipped Project Runway because she didn’t get a film part

Jennifer Lopez, who was supposed to judge the finale of Project Runway 5 but was replaced by Tim Gunn at the last minute because of a foot injury, swam half a mile, biked 18 miles, and ran four miles in 2:23:38.8 just two days later.

That she competed in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon Sunday (The Daily Mail has pictures) with an ankle injury that prevented her from sitting in a chair and discussing dresses on Friday is a bit odd and suspicious. So why didn’t she show up?

Citing an anonymous “source close to Heidi Klum,” msnbc.com’s Courtney Hazlett reports that “that Klum was furious that Lopez pulled out.” Since the foot injury excuse is extremely weak, the source suggests that “Jennifer was hoping for a part in an upcoming Weinstein film, and she was told the day before (the ‘Project Runway’ show) that she wasn’t getting it. She was angry, so she pulled out.”

But Jennifer Lopez’s representative, Leslie Sloane, insisted that the injury was the only reason. “(Lopez) pulled out (of “Runway”) because she had an injury and had to have it rehabbed so she could compete (in the triathlon).” She went on to say “(Lopez) has no issues with Harvey (Weinstein),” she told Hazlett.

J.Lo says yes to triathlon, no to ‘Runway’ [MSNBC]
Pictured: Triumphant Jennifer Lopez reaches finishing line in gruelling triathlon [Daily Mail]

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