OG ‘Queer Eye’ stars joke they couldn’t keep up with reboot’s traveling today
When three of the original Fab Five reunite on a red carpet, an overwhelming back-and-forth of reminiscing about their original show, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” and praising its new life on Netflix — and their signature sass — can’t be avoided.
“I think it’s great that they’re taking the conversation to less likely places like Missouri and rural Georgia — and Ted’s house,” Carson Kressley told us of the reboot’s filming locations, as well as joking about former co-star Ted Allen.
“I’m really glad that they’re doing that instead of us,” Allen, 53, joked. “I got a call from the creator of ‘Queer Eye’ and my first thought was ‘Oh God, they’re not going to ask us to do it again, are they?’”
“We’re much better looking and a lot more fun, but they’re nice,” Thom Filicia quipped of the reboot’s cast: Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness and Karamo Brown.
When considering how the show’s second installment, which premiered in 2018, has continued their conversation of LGBTQ acceptance and tolerance, Filicia acknowledged that social media has been a major game changer.
“It was harder for us to make that global connection outside of the show that they’ve been able to do which is really cool,” the design expert explained. “I think the fact that we were really based in cities . . . it felt like that was the beginning of what was happening. Now they’re really going into these sort of unbelievably remote locations.”
“Could you imagine if we did that back then? They’d be looking for our bodies!” he added of the Bravo show, which premiered in 2003.
After the original “Queer Eye” ended in 2007, the three went on to star in their own TV projects throughout the years. Allen has been the host of Food Network’s “Chopped” since 2007, and most recently, Kressley, 49, and Filicia, 50, paired up for home renovation show “Get a Room with Carson and Thom,” which also aired on Bravo.
Kressley said the only difference between working with Filicia now verses in the early 2000s was that “now we’re old” and joked, “we need ramps everywhere we go.”
“I don’t think it was really that much different. We really just picked up where we left off,” Carson said of filming together while renovating homes in the tri-state area. “I think the only thing different is I get to work in the home space, and I get to drive more.”
“My show is way better than your show, but I also love your show,” food guru Allen cut in.
As for the “Chopped” star’s food and wine prodigy on the reboot, he told that he considers Porowski — who worked for Allen and his husband for three years — “a good friend.”
“Antoni is a wonderful guy, no one could deserve success more,” he said. “I had a dinner at my house once with Antoni, Tan France and Jonathan Van Ness, [they’re] such sweet people, super smart and super accomplished.”
But when asked if he’s binged all three seasons of his successor’s show, he said, “Oh, definitely not.”
“I’ve seen a couple of episodes and I realized that I was getting post-traumatic stress disorder from watching them,” he said. “‘Queer Eye’ is a hard show to make, ‘Chopped’ shoots in one day, ‘Queer Eye’ has mountains of meetings on Monday and then shoots for three or four days,” he explained.
“I loved it, I’m grateful for it, I don’t want to go back,” he said. “I’m just going to toast them from afar.”
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