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'Project Runway' designer watch: Jack Mackenroth won't be back

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After ducking out of season 4 to recover from a staph infection, designer Jack Mackenroth has announced that he won’t return to audition for season 5 of Project Runway on Bravo. In his statement released today, Mackenroth thanked the HIV community for supporting him and said he hopes “that I have shown you that it is possible to live successfully with HIV.”

“Though I loved my experience on the show and hope to continue working with Bravo in the future, I really feel that it’s time to start the next chapter of my life,” he added.

Season 5 of Project Runway will debut on Bravo in June. The series moves to Lifetime in season 6.

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