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TLC announces current season of ‘What Not to Wear’ will be its last

Clinton Kelly and Stacy London explain rules on "What Not to Wear." (AJ DeAngelo/TLC)

TLC announced Wednesday that it will close out its longest-running prime-time show at the end of its coming season, which is set to premiere in July, running Friday nights.

TLC general manager Amy Winter said Wednesday that she thought it was “the right time” to end the show.

“This show changed me and the trajectory of my life,” weighed in star Stacy London, who’s done more than 325 makeovers over the course of the show’s run.

Her co-host, Clinton Kelly, joined her in its second season, after first-season co-host Wayne Scot Lukas was not brought back.

No matter. Celebrity stylist Lukas went on to bigger and better things, being the guy who famously found the sterling sunburst nipple jewelry for client Janet Jackson, who used it to adorn her right breast for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show — which those fashionistas at the Federal Communications Commission dismissed as a “classless, crass and deplorable stunt.”

In the 10 years since “What Not to Wear” debuted on TLC, the network has become home to programs about hoarders, Honey Boo Boos, large families, little people and strange addictions, leaving the style-makeover show looking quaint and out of place.

But in the series’ last batch of episodes, TLC promises we’ll see more-dramatic transformations, bigger ambushes, shopping sprees on a grander scale and special guest appearances.

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