TLC’s signature makeover series What Not to Wear is coming to a close this year.
The cable network’s longest-running primetime show helped launch the makeover reality trend when it debuted in 2003. In the show, fashion experts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly give fashion advice and help the fashion-challenged with life-changing transformations. The show has given more than 325 makeovers to men and women, everyday folks and celebrities. The final season will premiere in July.
Here are statements from the hosts, network and production company:
“After 10 incredible seasons, we felt that it was the right time to end the series,” states Amy Winter, general manager and executive vp of TLC. “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 Carmindy and Ted as the glam squad behind this fan-favorite show, and the final episodes will definitely be a celebration of this monumental run.”
“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 ten 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.”
Added Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide: “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.”