Rosie Huntington-Whiteley pulls out of Project Runway
A new movie role is being blamed for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley pulling out of presenting Project Runway. The British model reportedly left producers of the reality TV show in the lurch when she was cast in a new film remake of Mad Max at the last minute.
It is being reported that face of Estée Lauder, Carolyn Murphy, has since replaced Rosie as host of Project Runway. Rosie was originally meant to be taking over the reins from Angela Lindvall as host, however the situation was thrown into chaos after she was offered a movie role on Mad Max: Fury Road at the last minute. This meant the 25-year-old had to jet off to Namibia to shoot the film alongside Riley Keough and Zoe Kravitz straight away.
According to Page Six, Project Runway producers, Weinstein Co., had to scramble to find a new host for the show, which is when they signed up Murphy just days before the cameras started rolling.
"Literally days before filming, the show suddenly had no host. Rosie had been pushing really hard for the job. She'd charmed everyone. But then with less than three weeks to go, Rosie pulled out to do 'Mad Max,' creating a huge drama. It put the production in a terrible position, and the Weinstein Co. even threatened to sue Rosie," a source told the newspaper.
While a source close to Rosie has argued that she was "never fully committed to the project and there was no signed contract."
The Lifetime series began filming in early June with Isaac Mizrahi, Marchesa's Georgina Chapman, and Marie Claire's Joanna Coles appearing as judges. So far guests have included Kylie Minogue, Stacy Keibler and Katie Holmes, who filmed scenes for the show last Monday just days after announcing she was divorcing Tom Cruise. It was widely believed that she would cancel her appearance but instead she was "friendly and professional but didn't say a word about her divorce," according to those who were there.
[via Page Six]