One “Project Runway” contestant is going viral after an awkward moment from Thursday’s episode involving host Karlie Kloss and talk of her in-laws: the Kushners.

In the episode, contestants on Season 18 of the Bravo fashion competition series were tasked with using upcycled clothes from Goodwill to create a new look for Kloss to wear to a CFDA event in Paris.

Contestant Tyler Neasloney landed at the bottom of the pack after revealing his design, describing it as “a very traditional Montauk, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Americana vibe.” When Kloss asked him how he felt about the skirt and top he made, he replied and said “I’m happy with it.” 

Judge Brandon Maxwell chimed in: “Bringing us back to the challenge… It’s definitely ‘wearable’ in some place that is neither Paris nor Montauk or Martha’s Vineyard. I cannot see Karlie wearing this anywhere, honestly.”

Neasloney quickly responded: “Not even to dinner with the Kushners?”

Kloss looked shocked at the comment as Neasloney followed up by saying, “That’s your husband.”

Kloss wed Joshua Kushner in October 2018, complete with a lavish wedding eight months after tying the knot in July. Kushner’s brother is Jared Kushner, husband to first daughter Ivanka Trump and a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

Kloss brought it back to the design challenge at hand after Neasloney’s comments: “I was going to Paris. That was the challenge here. Keep it to the challenge.”

“I could see you wearing it at some point,” Neasloney replied.

“I know that this is not what I asked for,” Kloss said. “The fabrics are poor choices, I think they look cheap. The pockets are kind of ill-placed. And if this is your aesthetic then that’s that, but this was about my aesthetic and the influence of my stylist. You really missed the mark here on all accounts.”

Later, Neasloney told his fellow contestants that the comment “did not come out how I meant it. Sorry, Karlie.”

Neasloney was eliminated at the end of the episode before addressing the judges and Kloss.

“Karlie, I want you to know I’m not a jerk. I’m professional, so what I said earlier had no hidden agenda, no meaning, nothing like that,” Neasloney said, adding afterward that he would forever stand by his look.

USA TODAY has reached out to Bravo and Kloss’ reps for comment.

Kloss wished Neasloney “all the best as you continue your fashion journey” in a tweet Thursday night.

Following his elimination, Neasloney told Bravo’s “Daily Dish” that he has “a lot of respect for Karlie” and explained that he lightheartedly made the comment following playful banter with the judges on an earlier episode.

Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss attend The 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images)

“Coming off of Episode 3 where we had this really awesome banter, both me and Karlie…I felt like we had built a really cool rapport. I was laughing, they were laughing, we were going tit-for-tat. There was shade, there were jokes, and it was really fun,” he said during the interview. “So I came into the Episode 4 runway… being like I’m friendly with the judges now. We’ve spoken, we’ve kikied, we’ve laughed. I can be my normal self.”

Instead, Neasloney said his comment was “misunderstood,” when he was only trying to describe the type of woman he could see wearing his design. 

“I’m not a nasty person. I thought we were on a friendly enough playing field. So Karlie, at the end of the day, she’s a human, so I don’t want her to just hate me or feel awful about what I said,” he said. “I set the record straight at the end of the episode, so I really sincerely hope there are no hard feelings.”

Twitter was ablaze with commentary after the clip of Neasloney made the rounds on social media.

Some celebrated Kloss’ connection to the Kushners being addressed on the show.

“Karlie Kloss getting called out for her connection to the kushner family on #projectrunway,” Sarah O’Brien tweeted with a raised hands emoji.

“The #projectrunway cameraman who captured the actual daggers out of karly kloss kushner’s eyes tonight deserves an Emmy,” @whatmaybe tweeted.

“#tylerneasloney throwing Karli Kloss under the bus with a Kushner reference was the ultimate, and deserved, shade,” @212inthe630 tweeted.

“I’m truly fascinated that Karlie Kloss, an EP on PROJECT RUNWAY, would let that moment make it to air. Makes me think she and the network had no idea how seismic the ripple would be thanks to the internet,” Evan Ross Katz tweeted.

Others didn’t know Kloss and Kushner were married.

“why did I have to learn from project runway that karlie kloss is married to a kushner,” tweeted @trashmarquis.

Others stood up for Kloss.

“people trying to Cancel Karlie Kloss for being married to Jared Kushner’s brother but don’t take the time to realize that she and her husband are extremely liberal Democrats who are very vocal against the Trump family and her husband’s family actively hate her for it,” @juxtapoe tweeted.

Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner throw an elaborate wedding bash 8 months after tying the knot


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