The CTV show "Fashion Television" is being cancelled after more than 27 years, it was announced yesterday. Fashionistas the country over, including host Jeanne Beker, were shocked and saddened by the news.
The network hasn't disclosed any reason for ending the weekly half-hour show that profiled Fashion Weeks across the globe, fashion shows as well as up-and-coming models.
According to CBC News, Beker's tweet yesterday confirmed the news of the cancellation: "This dream is over: After 27 glorious years, FT production ceased today." She later wrote, "So sad to see some of my closest colleagues move on." CTV News went on to report that Beker shared with her twitter followers that she is looking forward to working with Bell Media and "evolving the FT brand."
Fashion icons immediately reacted to the announcement – Toronto-bred fashion personality Jay Manuel of "America's Next Top Model" and host of two seasons of "Canada's Next Top Model" in which Beker was a judge tweeted, "Say it isn't so! I grew up learning the world of fashion from (Beker). It's a sad day!" Bernadette Morra, editor-in-chief of Fashion magazine, also tweeted, "This is really shocking, I don't know anyone who saw this coming," Morra said hours after word spread online. "Usually in the fashion world we get sort of rumblings through the fashion grapevine… but this was a big shock."
With humble beginnings as a Citytv show back in 1985 when it premiered, "Fashion Television" (or "FT" to those really in the fashion-know) moved to the CTV network in 2008 and enjoyed a steady level of success.