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How Long Until The Tim Gunn Backlash Backlash Begins?

Making enemies with Anna Wintour. Ragging on Taylor Momsen. Hating on Michaele and Tareq Salahi. Is there anyone Tim Gunn does like? Doesn’t sound like it — even on his own show.

The Project Runway contestants might be Gunn’s least favorite people, depending on how you interpret the sudden deletion of Gunn’s Facebook vlog about the show’s most recent episode. The New York Post reports:

“Project Runway” host Tim Gunn says he, and not Lifetime, yanked a video from his Facebook page in which he ranted about last week’s episode and called out the show’s producers. “Lifetime had nothing to do with it. I did it completely on my own,” Gunn told The Post yesterday after the story broke in nymag.com. Gunn’s been posting his behind-the-scenes “Project Runway” recap videos for a while now. His latest rant — recapping last week’s show, in which designers were challenged to create modern-day sportswear inspired by Jackie Kennedy — was pulled off his Facebook page shortly after it was posted.

[…] Gunn says he’s not sure now if he’ll be posting any more “Runway” critiques on his Facebook page. “I’m debating it,” he said. “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,” he said. “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.”

You can still watch the clip [via Popwatch], because nothing on the Internet is ever deleted, and this will be an important historical entry when, in 12 months, somebody pieces together the elements of Tim Gunn’s downfall. Because really, I have a feeling that’s what we’re watching.

Everybody loves Tim Gunn, and for so long we thought Tim Gunn loved everybody. He was the foil to Nina Garcia and Michael Kors’ bitchiness, and the personality to Heidi Klum’s … blank stare. But now he’s turning into a Simon Cowell type, not necessarily saying mean things because he likes to say mean things, but completely eliminating his filter and letting the bitchiness roam free. It makes me think he’s been wanting to head down this road for a while, but was held back by whatever forces of the universe (showrunners? publicists? Liz Claiborne contracts?) kept him at bay.

No more.