By Alexandra Whittaker
Sep 07, 2018 @ 2:15 pm

Project Runway is infamous for giving designers "twists" on challenges, but we'd like to reject its latest plot twist, please and thank you. 

Longtime show judge Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn announced Friday that they'll be exiting the series after 16 glorious seasons, and this is literally the worst way we could have possibly kicked off New York Fashion Week. 

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"After 16 incredible seasons, I am saying 'Auf Wiedersehen' to Project Runway, a show that I was honored to host and help create. I am incredibly proud of the show, and it will always have a special place in my heart," Klum wrote on Instagram. "I am so appreciative of the dedicated fans, and most of all, I am grateful that we could shine a light on creativity and help launch so many talented designers' careers. I'm most excited that my journey with my dear friend and colleague, @timgunn, is far from over. We will be partnering with Amazon for a new show, and we're excited for everyone to see what we're designing next!"

So all is not lost in the realm of fashion TV after all, as Klum and Gunn will be pairing up to take on a new project with Amazon Prime. It's not the worst thing in the world, but let's be honest, we're sure going to miss them anyway. 

For his part, Gunn gave a statement to People about his appreciation for his time on the hit show.

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“I am grateful to Project Runway for putting me on a path I never, in my wildest dreams, thought my career would take me!" he wrote. "I am so proud to have been a part of the groundbreaking process that showcased talented young designers as never before. Most importantly, I am indebted to our incredible fans, they are the heart and soul of what we do, and continue to inspire us to raise the bar in this arena. I’m excited for them to see what’s next, as I partner with Amazon and Heidi Klum on our next great ‘fashion’ adventure.”

This may be auf wiedersehen for now, but it's not goodbye forever.