Tim Gunn’s detailed criticism of Project Runway’s producers not censored by Lifetime

Tim Gunn’s detailed criticism of Project Runway producers’ incompetence was removed from Facebook voluntarily, he said. Vulture asked yesterday if Lifetime was censoring him.

The entire video has been posted online (update: that version has been removed, but watch it below), and in it, Tim rips the show’s producers from their conception of challenges to their basic professionalism, pointing out that he actually showed up at the scheduled challenge location and found no one there or at Parsons. Tim also said he interrupted the judges because “they weren’t being fair” to the designers with their critiques.

Tim, who could give lessons to Jeff Probst on how to offer behind-the-scenes details, said that the challenge scheduling problem “is emblematic of the season, let me tell you.” He also said he’s experiencing “a huge amount of frustration about the content of the challenges,” and details how the challenge was conceived, which originally began with product placement for a History Channel movie. He details his conversations and frustrations with executive producers Sara Rea and Colleen Sands.

All of this insightful information is probably not something Lifetime or new show producer Bunim-Murray wants Tim discussing, but they did not ask him to remove the video. “Lifetime had nothing to do with it. I did it completely on my own,” Tim told the New York Post. “There was a hurtful reaction to a couple of things I said, and that really concerned me. That was never my intention. I thought, ‘Let me just take this down.’”

He told the paper he doesn’t know whether or not he’ll do future videos. “I’m debating it. I don’t want to hurt anyone, and at the same time I want to be able to talk matter-of-factly. The experience with this episode has been very sobering for me. It’s kind of a wakeup call — you just can’t say anything, yet, at the same time, there are things I want to share. I need to be a little more careful about it, even though we all make mistakes.”

Here’s the video:

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