Nicole Richie joins Jessica Simpson’s Project Runway-knockoff show


A few weeks ago, Jessica Simpson was announced as the “mentor” for a new Project Runway-type show that will air on NBC, called Fashion Star. Elle Macpherson is going to be the Heidi Klum-type presenter/hostess, which… I mean, Elle is CRAZY. So Elle alone would have been good television, but then you add in Jessica Simpson as the Tim Gunn-type, mentoring aspiring designers on their products… and it’s going to be really good television. Now, a new reason to watch: Nicole Richie is going to one of the “judges” on the show – she’s going to be a Michael Kors or Nina Garcia-type. Now, despite Nicole’s somewhat boring current celebrity persona, I expect her to bring the bitchy drama on this show:

Nicole Richie is getting her own TV judging role on NBC’s upcoming “Fashion Star.” Sources said Richie, who founded clothing and accessories lines Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960, will join show mentor Jessica Simpson and host Elle Macpherson on the program, where aspiring designers compete for a multimillion-dollar contract for their line to be carried at major retailers. The show, created by former NBC exec Ben Silverman’s development company, Electus, doesn’t have an air date yet. An NBC rep had no comment.

[From Page Six]

As you remember, I’ve sworn off Project Runway. I keep seeing ads for the new season, on Lifetime, but I just… can’t. I can’t go through the same train wreck all over again. Last season was my tipping point, when that horrible bitch Gretchen won. I’m still pissed off about it. So… I’m in the market for a new fashion show to watch, and I think I’ve found it. This junk better get an air date – SOON.




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  1. Ari says:

    I will definitely be watching this.

  2. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Don’t watch reality TV, but I’ll tune in for the pilot because it’s Jessica, Nicole, and Elle! C’mon, those 3 will be combustible!

  3. Sisi says:

    Tracy Anderson hooked them up?

  4. truetalk says:

    Paris hilton must be crying a river right now

  5. mannequin says:

    Great! I’d only be interested in watching for Nicole’s input, but this is a reason for me to watch TV!

  6. GeekChic says:

    Nicole Richie just seems so… mean. Like a classic mean girl, you know? I wouldn’t watch a show with her in it for that reason, although I don’t watch “reality” television anyway.

  7. Grandizer says:

    Oh boy, a season of this maybe…
    Talent-wise, they are pimples on Heidi’s butt.
    And Jessica Simpson as Timm Gunn, Hahaha… I can’t wait to hear her catch phrase.

    I guess this could work if the people they are “mentoring” are not PR material anyway.

    Did they say if the finalists will be presenting at any award show???

  8. Nanea says:

    Heidi is completely overrated.

    She has never worked with the really big designer names, she never was a super-model akin to Linda, Christy, Naomi, Claudia, Tatiana, so I don’t get why they let her do so much stuff, neither Project Runway, nor Germany’s Next Top Model.

    I like Elle immensely. Jessica marches to the beat of her own drummer or does her father’s bidding and earns tons of money that way, and Nicole has that certain something that stays just shy of being bitchy.

  9. hmmm? says:

    Umm I heard she wasn’t going to be a judge, more like a consultant, though. Oh well, but geekchic you defeated the purpose of your own post then lol, j/k but still people only get that just because they still WANT to see her as the rich b*tch sidekick to Paris (even though anyone with a brain knows that was AGES ago smh) but still it’s a personality everyone loves to hate though, from her nowadyas, it’s outdated

  10. louiset says:

    I like Nicole. I think she’ll be good. I also think she’s more credible as a designer than Jessica Simpson. Nicole is actually a designer whereas Jessica is just a figure head.

  11. lu says:

    Elle hosted Britains Next Top Model and she was quite boring, spoke very quietly but was very kind and mothering to the girls. Maybe this will be better for her.

  12. Emily says:

    I like Nicole, and I think she’d be good on a show like this. She’s always well dressed and I like her fashion lines. Jessica I’m not so sure about. She might be good in a friendly mum sort of way, but shouldn’t a mentor know what they’re talking about? She doesn’t design for her fashion line.

  13. Crystalline says:

    Elle has grown on me since watching BNTM. I like how she is sensible and really out to give critique, so she alone will get me to watch this. Simpson and Richie are just good giggles.

  14. Ally says:

    I hope you’re kidding that Jessica Simpson will be the mentor.

    She has said herself in interviews that she has no idea what products get made and stamped with her name, and when she sees one she doesn’t like in stores (meaning she wasn’t there at the creation stage), she runs to her mother (!) about it. That’s how involved she is in the design process (she just licenses her name, actually) and business.

    Nicole and Elle might be interesting, but they need an actual designer in there. I know Elle has a swimsuit line and Richie her jewellery and kimonos, but you know — a pure designer, schooled and all. Let Jessica get back to her doughnuts.

  15. kitty says:

    Two things.
    1. i watched a bit of paris hilton’s new reality show just to see what her parent’s house looks like ( sooo love looking at big houses). Anyway I thought she was sooo mean, possibly the meanest person I have ever heard speak. That makes me think that anyone who associates with her must be the same or just weak- so I think Nicole would also be mean too.
    2. elle macpherson is a B*TCH!!! I live in Australia and a few yrs ago it was reported that she went into a woolworths supermarket and made the person at the deli walk around the front and put her meat etc into the trolley for her… like her old saggy leather arms couldn’t lift those tiny packages. Seriously the most arrogant, ugly woman ever.
    Point is, show is going to be full of bitches!

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