On Sept. 18, TV By the Numbers reported that the face of Bravo, Andy Cohen, has been tapped to host a “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” ten-year reunion show. The award-winning, boundary-pushing, cutting-edge series ran on Bravo for five years and was one of the first reality TV shows that put the network on the map. The reunion special starring host Andy Cohen and the Fab Five is slated to run sometime in October.
When “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” debuted on Bravo in 2003, there were no other shows like it at the time. It quickly became a surprise hit and one of the most talked about television programs of the year. The premise was simple, but powerful. A team of five lovable gay guys put a straight man through an extreme makeover. From updating his wardrobe to re-designing the subject’s home, the Fab Five performed magic each and every week from 2003-2008.
“Queer Eye’s” team of experts included Ted Allen (a food and wine connoisseur), Kyan Douglas (a grooming guru), Thom Filicia (the “design doctor”), Carson Kressley (the “fashion savant”), and Jai Rodriquez (the “culture vulture”). The Fab Five became so popular that they went on to make high profile appearances at the Emmy Awards, gave Jay Leno a “make better,” and signed numerous endorsement deals. For a blast from the past, be sure to watch the “Queer Eye” opening (video above and to the left). “Queer Eye for the Straight Girl” was a spin-off series, but it couldn't come close to achieving the same success as “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” It was canceled after just one season.
Now, ten years later, the Fab Five will reunite and Andy Cohen will serve as host. As posted on Bravo.com, the stars of “Queer Eye” will reflect on the groundbreaking series, unveil behind-the-scenes secrets, and discuss how their lives have changed since the series premiered on Bravo. Looking back, Carson Kressley said that he never expected the show to have such an impact on American culture and society. “We were there to do something pretty innocuous—give somebody a makeover." Kressley recently told “Variety, "The end result was opening people’s eyes to what being gay is all about, that it’s not scary or threatening. We’re just people like the rest of their families and friends.”
Leading up to the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” 10-year reunion, fans can send along their questions to Andy Cohen via Twitter.
About Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen is Bravo's Executive Vice President of Development and Talent, a position he has held since November 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the network's current development slate, creating original content, developing innovative formats and identifying new talent. Bravo Andy also serves as executive producer on the Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Plus, he’s the host of “Watch What Happens Live.”
In June 2012, Cohen became a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his first book “Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture” published by Henry Holt.
Cohen received an Emmy when season six of “Top Chef” won Outstanding Reality Competition Program at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards and has been nominated for 12 additional Emmys as Executive Producer of “Project Greenlight,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” and “Queer Eye.” In 2005, Cohen was awarded a Peabody Award for his role as executive producer of the TRIO documentary “The N Word,” and earned another in 2008 as an executive producer of “Project Runway.”
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