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Michael Kors' Billion-Dollar Empire Got in the Way of His 'Project Runway' Duties

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When Project Runway first premiered in 2004, it didn’t take long for the design competition to attract fans. The series was chock-full of drama, humor, and legit talent, and for 10 seasons, its perfect combination of judges — plus Tim Gunn as the mentor we all wish we had — remained unchanged.

So when legendary fashion designer Michael Kors decided to leave the show in 2012, viewers worried that PR would lose some of its pizazz (the 60-year-old did spout off some highly quotable one-liners during his tenure).

Thankfully, the competition quickly found its footing again, but we still miss hearing Michael’s expert opinions, and hilarious criticisms, on the catwalk. As it turns out, the style guru had a good reason for walking away from the show.