March 06, 2013 9:26am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'What Not To Wear' Ending Its Run After Upcoming 10th Season
What Not To Wear is ending its run.
TLC announced Wednesday that the upcoming 10th season of the makeover series hosted by Stacy London and Clinton Kelly will be its last.
"After 10 incredible seasons, we felt that it was the right time to end the series," said TLC exec vp and GM Amy Winter in a statement announcing the news. "Stacy and Clinton have also become two of the most sought after fashion experts and TV personalities in the industry. We’re so proud to have had the two of them along with [makeup artist] Carmindy and [hair stylist] Ted [Gibson] as the glam squad behind this fan-favorite show, and the final episodes will definitely be a celebration of this monumental run."
The series will return it its former home on Friday nights when the 10th season returns in July. Over the course of its run, London and Kelly have conducted more than 325 makeovers, with the final season featuring dramatic transformations, bigger ambushes, guest appearances and bigger shopping sprees.
"This show changed me and the trajectory of my life,” London said. “I've learned so much from all of our contributors over the years. I hope we touched them as much as they touched me. I hope we touched our viewers. (I certainly see our rules in practice every day!) It feels like the end of an era, and I look forward to my next chapter. I will always cherish the time I spent on WNTW and be eternally grateful to TLC for a great co-host, amazing crew and an awesome program."
“Hosting WNTW has been a life-changing experience,” Kelly said. “When I got the job, I told everyone I knew that we’d probably do 10 episodes, get canceled, and I’d go crawling back to my old job in magazine publishing. So, I’m more surprised than anyone that we’ve lasted this long. At first I thought the essence of the show was making snarky remarks about people’s outfits, but as it turns out, WNTW is about taking stock of who you are and communicating that non-verbally to the rest of the world. That’s incredibly empowering.”
What Not To Wear is an adaptation of the British show of the same name, which ran for seven seasons on the BBC. A specific premiere date has yet to be announced.
"What Not to Wear has had an exceptional run over the past 10 years. Stacy and Clinton have positively impacted the lives of our guests and millions of viewers at home. We are thankful to our entire cast and production crew for their dedicated commitment to continually create and innovate, making this show the best of the best. We look forward to celebrating the series when we return this summer with our final episodes,” said Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide Productions, which executive produces the series.