Tim Gunn Sets the Record Straight


"We only wish her the greatest success."

Mar 26, 2014 | 07:50 PM

Turns out that the "Under The Gunn" (Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime) designers aren't the only ones feeling the pressure.

The show's host Tim Gunn and mentor Mondo Guerra have recently faced accusations of "bullying" behavior towards one of the designers, Natalia Fedner. But accusations are just that, and both Tim and Mondo have used social media to express their sides of the story.

"Never in my comments did I disparage Natalia's character, appearance or personhood. I simply stated my opinion about her position in the competition," Mondo wrote on his blog. "Tim Gunn has considerably big shoes to fill. He's had years of experience guiding designers from concept to the catwalk. For me, the role of mentor is a new one and I learned on the job. And I still have a lot to learn," he added.

The "Project Runway" spinoff's creator took to WhoSay to share his perspective on the recent bullying backlash. Check out what Tim had to say below:

"For the last two weeks I have been reading angry comments in response to the perception that Natalia was bullied on the show. To that I say, "Balderdash!" Does anyone think that I would tolerate such a thing? I have a great deal of affection and respect for Natalia and have know her for 14 years; she was a student of mine at Parsons and I can attest to her high level of talent and aptitude. At the same time, she can drive me -- and everyone else -- to despair. While at Mood, her inability to make decisions would lengthen our trip by 20 to 40 minutes (I would call time and her fabric would still be uncut), the consequence being less time in the workroom. Understandably, this angered the designers and mentors. She constantly sought affirmation for her work from the other designers, too, thereby distracting them and taking up more of their time. Finally, she was incapable of calibrating her design and execution ambitions to our timeframe. It was frustrating and soul-sucking for all. Let me conclude by stating that everyone -- designers, mentors, me -- only wanted Natalia to succeed. And we only wish her the greatest success."

Here's hoping they can put aside their differences and... make it work.

Tune in to "Under The Gunn" on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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