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Tim Gunn Defends Book's Unflattering Anna Wintour Depiction

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    “Project Runway” host Tim Gunn defended his decision to keep the controversial anecdote about Anna Wintour's diva behavior in his book during a talk in Manhattan last night.

    "[It's in there] because of the aftermath," Gunn told the audience at the 92nd Street Y in the Upper East Side Sunday evening. "There are three aspects to it: don't bully, don't threaten and accept responsibility."

    In his tome “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work,” the fashion guru details how Wintour allegedly had her bodyguards carry her down the stairs rather than take the elevator following Peter Som's 2006 fashion show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. 

    Gunn also confessed he "never dreamed" he'd be part of the the wildly successful fashion reality TV show in which his wry use of phrases such as "Carry on" and "Make it work" became part of the zeitgeist.

    "I never dreamed that I would be part of it," Gunn said. "No one was more shocked about it than I.”

    He added, “I loved taping season one. It was entirely a new life experience for me. I had never been part of anything like that.”

    Gunn also said fashion reality TV contestants aren't guaranteed fame like many reality TV music industry-related.

    “I don’t for a moment want to trivialize 'American Idol,' so forgive me in advance,” Gunn said. “If you are an alumnus or an alumna of 'American Idol' you could potentially hang your shingle outside, fill this beautiful auditorium and sing to them. For a fashion designer, it is much more complex. The designers who have been on the show can only achieve as much as their ambitions and their resources really allow them to.”