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As a lover of fashion, bad television, and all things post-Simple Life Nicole Richie, you would think I'd be all over NBC's Fashion Star.  However, I am not.  I just couldn't get into it to save my life…and this is coming from someone who plans to dress as Austin Scarlett from Project Runway for Halloween this year.  To be fair, there are only so many hours in a day, so much space on my DVR, and, in addition to ridiculous amount of reality television I watch both for blogging and pleasure (it's fab too when those overlap!), I am also addicted Law and Order: SVU, HIMYM, and Happy Endings.  It's A LOT of television.

I'm going to give it another chance though this season, and here's why: Elle Macpherson, the show's creator and former host has chosen Louise Roe to replace her, and I think it's an interesting change-up for the series.  Not that I don't like Elle (she had a great work-out video back in the late '90s), but she's just not made for hosting.  Sure, she's drop-dead gorgeous, but did you see her on Friends?  It's like watching paint dry.  Louise Roe has the fashion knowledge AND the hosting chops…not to mention she's just obscure enough to be intriguing. 

Who am I kidding?  Jessica Simpson is still on the show, and she hasn't been relevant since she divorced Nick Lachey.  I doubt I need to point out what a sad state of affairs it is when an ex-boy bander from a boy band on the fringe of legitimate boy bands makes one relevant, but I digress.  How did Fashion Star even get picked up for a sophomore season?

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Fashion Star…remember that gem?

It seems that there is a lot going on behind the scenes of NBC’s answer to Project Runway.  First off?  Host and supermodel Elle MacPherson won’t be returning.  Gearlive.com reports that Elle is calling it quits for season two.  She says, “I have been involved with Fashion Star from the beginning, and am very proud to see it come to life, not only in America but globally. The show is in great hands, and although I will not be hosting this season, I will still be very involved [and] will be reviewing the format for the upcoming season.”

That’s code for “artistic differences” isn’t it?  Answer me, Austin Scarlett!  Not only will Elle be hanging up her hosting cap, but sponsor and affordable fashion house H&M is also bidding adieu to the series.  Reportedly sticking around?  Hosts Nicole Richie, John Varvatos, and new mom Jessica Simpson.

WILL YOU WATCH FASHION STAR WITHOUT ELLE?  WHERE YOU WATCHING BEFOREHAND?

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