Bil Browning

Queer Eye canceled

Filed By Bil Browning | January 13, 2007 9:53 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: entertainment news, fashion sense, gossip, LGBT community, pop culture, television

queereye.jpgWhat will metrosexuals everywhere do without the Fab 5 to show them how to manscape? You can hear the howls from space, I'm sure...

Yes, some of the most unambiguously gay men in television have been canceled. Queer Eye will air it's final season during the summer of 2007. The show, which launched in 2003, quickly made household names of its stars. And they won't be suffering too badly after the show is off the air.

Carson Kressley, the show's clothing expert and probably the most popular of the Queer Eye guys, has been a red carpet reporter and released a string of books. Just last November he launched his own fashion line, Perfect, on QVC.

Kyan Douglas, the hair and makeup specialist, has also released a book (on women's grooming) and acts as a spokesman and product advisor for L'Oreal. Last June, he announced his engagement to his partner of three years. Their civil ceremony is scheduled for May.

Interior Designer Thom Filicia succeeded Kirstie Alley as spokesperson for Pier 1 Imports and has already started filming his next show. He signed on to host Dress My Nest on the Style Network. He will make-over a room using the inhabitant's favorite item of clothing as inspiration. It premieres Mar. 28.

Ted Allen, the food and wine specialist, has served as a guest judge on a couple televised cooking competitions and recently began production on his next gig: PBS' Uncorked: Wine Made Simple which debuts this spring.

Jai Rodriguez (the "culture vulture" - whatever that means) has also tried to stay on TV. Most recently he competed, and lost, on Fox's Celebrity Duets. He's also set to appear on several episodes of NBC's search for the next Broadway star, Grease: You're the One That I Want, which premiered on Sunday.

A one-time huge ratings hit that ended up launching the struggling former film and performing arts network into a whole new direction, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy rewrote Bravo's ratings record book when it first premiered in July 2003. When NBC aired a special episode of the series later that month, it drew 6.7 million viewers.

As ratings for the series continued to soar, the show became a pop-culture phenomenon, leading to book deals, product placements, overseas editions, a 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, and even a makeover of members of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. During the production of its third season, Queer Eye dropped "for the Straight Guy" to expand its repertoire.

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