Mongol - Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015If you think that this season of "Project Runway" has been a little bit of a letdown, you're not alone: Beloved mentor Tim Gunn completely agrees, going so far as to say he "hated" it.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gunn sounded off on the show's about-to-wrap season, telling the site, "I hated season 14." He continued, "I felt that other than a couple of designers, they weren't working up to their potential. The whole thing was lackluster."

Those are strong words from Gunn, who typically takes a gentle approach with contestants, guiding them to smarter design choices through frank but sensitive critiques and tough-but-sensitive love. But apparently that love just wasn't enough this time around, and Gunn said that had a lot to do with the contestants themselves, who he says "just weren't hungry" enough for the show.

"Their audition videos from home, you know, they're sitting by a pool, they're taking us into their closet with all their designer clothes, and I just thought, they're not hungry!," Gunn told EW. " ... And I think that was largely the issue."

One contestant in particular that we know Gunn is talking about is Swapnil Shinde, who Tim famously chewed out in one of the few times he ever lost his cool in "Project Runway" history. Another is designer Gabrielle Arruda (who was eliminated fairly early on), who showed off her lavish clothing collection during her audition.

Here's hoping that next season's crop of contestants steps up its game. Having Tim Gunn disappointed in you is one of the worst fates we can imagine for a designer.

[via: Entertainment Weekly]

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