Emmy Award-Winning 'Queer Eye' Guys On Making A Difference in Middle America

The men of Netflix’s Queer Eye joined the ladies of The View to chat on the impact the Emmy Award-winning show has had on the country, especially in rural America where the show has been filming some episodes.

Design guy Bobby Berk shared about a message he received privately on social media from a preacher who feels differently about gays having watched Berk share his story of growing up in the church and feeling unwanted there.

“My whole life I was taught in church that homosexuality is a sin, that they’re pedophiles, that they’re heathens, that they’re definitely going to hell and that they choose to be that way and in turn my church I have preached the exact same way,” the preacher wrote to Berk. “And hearing you talk about how every single day of your life you cried and you begged and you pleaded and you prayed for God not to make you gay but you still are showed me that it isn’t a choice and that you were born that way and I’ll never preach that way in my church again.'” 

“To hear that now little kids in that church aren’t going to grow up and be taught to hate who they are, that’s worth everything,” he added.

Joy Behar brought up the MAGA hat that culture guy, Karamo Brown, received from a Trump supporter.

“I threw the hat away,” said Karamo. “But ironically, that guy and I, we are best friends.” 

“For five gay guys to go into rural America and feel as if we’re making a change, it feels really good,” he continued. “We can’t expect people to grow until we show them who we are.”

Newly-engaged Karamo also admits to be something of a 'Bride-zilla" having just rented a ferris wheel for the upcoming nuptials.

Tan France, who now lives in Salt Lake City with his husband, shared that he knew most of America had never seen 'this' - a gay Muslim - but the reaction he's received has been "the most beautifully warm welcome" he ever could have imagined.

An interesting exchange happened when Behar asked food expert Antoni Porowski his thoughts on the same-sex kiss that ended a number from Broadway’s The Prom on last week on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Porowski offered a tentative, “I think it’s a reminder that the rest of the country is not New York and we need to remember that.”

But grooming guy Jonathan Van Ness seems to be a bit fatigued with waiting for folks to feel the gay love.

“Why?” inquired Van Ness. “I’m so done making the people feel comfortable.”

"I've had to endure a lot of heterosexual kissing in my lifetime," Van Ness added.

Watch the segment below.


The Queer Eye Guys Make Considerably Less Than Other TV Stars

Variety released the list of TV's Top Salaries in Review, which examined who makes what in the world of comedy, drama and unscripted. 

Something that was very obvious after reading the charted data was how much the stars of Queer Eye (Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness) make compared to their fellow unscripted cohorts. 

According to Variety's report, each of the Queer Eye guys earns $7,500 an episode. Not a bad chunk of change for the regular person out there, however it pales in comparison to what others make.

Let's have a rundown here. Sarah Silverman pulls in $225,000 an episode for her Hulu series I Love You, America. Kelly Clarkson earns a whopping $560,000 an episode for The Voice. Kevin Hart is right up there with Kelly for his show TKO, where he earns $500,000 an episode.

It begs the question as to why the Queer Eye guys aren't demanding more money for their show, given how quickly it was renewed and how they've already aired two seasons in such a short amount of time.

This isn't a gay specific problem either. Major hit shows like Riverdale only pay their stars $40,000 an episode. Both are huge hits with their own audiences and have found much success on social media and at awards shows as well.

Perhaps they should renegotiate their salaries for season 3 given how drastic the numbers really are.


Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski Is Giving You Halloween Vibes In 'Antoni Psycho'

Showing off his Calvins and morning routine, Queer Eye hottie Antoni Porowski appears in a new trailer titled “Antoni Psycho.”

With some morning stretches, a face mask made of greek yogurt and green tea leaves, Antoni takes on a very American Psycho tone as he explains to the viewer that he doesn’t care if his guests like what he cooks for them: “They’ll eat it if they know what’s good for them.”

Cue the scary Halloween sound effects.

The trailer is part of a new series of horror-themed short films now available on Netflix. The collection is cleverly titled Don’t Watch This.

Netflix clearly knows how to get our attention.

The 34-year-old food expert has been exploring several new horizons lately.

Instinct recently reported on his quiet breakup with longtime boyfriend, Joey Krietemeyer, but is finding some respite with new romantic interest Trace Lehnhoff of Flipping Out fame.

He also recently opened a new restaurant in New York City - The Village Den - and now he’s breaking into acting.

Antoni is a very busy boy, no?

Check out the trailer for Don’t Watch This below.



(h/t Queerty)

Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski Is Back On The Dating Market - Or Is He?

Queer Eye celeb Antoni Porowski quietly ended his seven year relationship with longtime bf, Joey Krietemeyer, a few months ago, reports US Weekly.

“Antoni and Joey broke up months ago,” according to a source close to the cooking star. “It was very amicable. They’re still friends. It was a clean split.”

Back in February, Porowski shared with Vulture that he and Krietemeyer were “basically married.”

While breakups usually lead to a ’down time,’ the 34-year-old chef is said to be in “good spirits.”




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Porowski's Queer Eye costar, Karamo Brown, told US this week, “Antoni’s just happy in his life.”

“He deserves all the happiness in the world,” Brown added. “People don’t realize what a sweet, empathetic person he is. So I just love that he’s happy.”

Porowski’s current happiness might be due to having already begun dating a new beau - Trace Lehnhoff of the reality series, Flipping Out.





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US shares that the duo were seen together at Emmy Award parties during September.

“They weren’t trying to hide it,” revealed a source. “They met on Instagram.”

Here’s to new beginnings, and best wishes for the new couple!




Hace calor

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(h/t US Weekly)

How Should We Feel About The Selfie The "Queer Eye" Guys Took With Alleged Homophobe Candace Cameron Bure?

It’s safe to say the Queer Eye guys have mostly had a great week. First of all, the show won trophies for Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program. Then on Monday night, The Fab Five were a hit at the Emmys ceremony, presenting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Their bit, in which they offered to give characters of very heavy dramas lifestyle tips and makeovers, was an upbeat highlight in an overall disappointing telecast.

Star and designer extraordinaire Bobby Berk caused some controversy, however, by posting a selfie to Instagram with co-star Jonathan Van Ness and Fuller House stars Candance Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber.

The caption read: “When your childhood TV friends become your adult REAL friends.”

In 2015, Cameron Bure expressed support for a bakery that refused to make a cake for a gay couple, clashing with Raven-Symoné onThe View.

Later that year, Raven-Symoné and Cameron Bure both outraged the LGBTQ+ community and allies with a clueless-bordering-on-sinister The View interview with HIV-positive former child star Danny Pintauro. The hosts were widely seen as insensitive and unprofessional, with one question of Cameron Bure’s standing out in particular:

"I want to know, do you...do you take responsibility for your actions, for being promiscuous, going into a lifestyle of having heightened sex because of the meth that you were using?"

Last year, Bianca Del Rio picked a fight with Cameron Bure when the actress posted an Instagram pic of herself in a shirt stamped with Del Rio’s catchphrase, “Not Today Satan.” Del Rio called her a "homophobic Republican."

Cameron Bure denied the accusation--the homophobia part anyway: “Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don’t know what’s in my heart. I’m not homophobic and always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn’t mean I hate gay people or anyone.”

Flash-forward to now, and people aren't sure how to feel about the new selfie. Many dog-piled with criticism. 

As for Berk, (who's brought up facing religion-based homophobia as a child on his Emmy-winning show), this is what he had to say about the avalanche of harsh Instagram comments in a video response:

“Pretty sure that kind of attitude is what we’re trying to stop on Queer Eye. She’s a human and an artist just as I am, and the whole basis of Queer Eye is to learn to be able to coexist and to learn from people who think differently from you,” he said.

“I do know her views. I am against her views, but as a person I love her just as we should all love each other.”

Where do you stand in the debate? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

h/t: Pink News

Jonathan Van Ness' New Beau is Something Fun to Look At

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness picked up two very different kinds of awards recently: an Emmy and a South African rugby player. Woof.

Jonathan and his new man (named Wilco Froneman) made their debut as a couple this past Monday night at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. 




Date nights are slightly more formal than anticipated.... #emmys2018 (: @mookers77)

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"Date nights are slightly more formal than anticipated...." the muscle-bound lad wrote about the fun evening ahead on Instagram.




Love him @froners & my best friend @mookers77 for being there for me

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Jonathan shared a similar photo before they hit up the red carpet that night with the caption "Love him @froners & my best friend @mookers77 for being there for me." Aww!

His followers couldn't get enough of their cuteness, leaving comments like "OMG congrats to you little lovebugs" and "Shake the internet why don't you." 




Supporting bae... #Emmys

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Here are five things to know about Jonathan's hunky new beau:

  • He currently resides in New York City.
  • He's a dog dad with one of the cutest pups around.
  • He fancies himself to be "kinda ginger."
  • Proud of being gay (hay!)
  • Self-described unicorn enthusiast.

Oh and he seems totally enamored by one of our favorite guys, but who wouldn't be! Congrats to Jonathan and Wilco on your blossoming relationship. 

And here's proof he's a dog lover!  Woof!



Jonathan Van Ness Slams Eminem's Homophobic Lyrics in One Tweet

Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness is the latest celebrity to put his two cents in regarding Eminem's homophobic lyrics on his album Kamikaze.

The rap star released the surprise effort on Friday, and was immediately criticized by the LGBTQ community and its supporters for his usage of the word f***ot on the song "Fall." This is far from the first time that Eminem has used this word in his past material.

Dan Reynolds, who fronts the band Imagine Dragons, let his disgust be heard loudly about this situation on his Twitter back on Friday, and now its Jonathan's turn to do so.

"Interesting how artists that go low using homophobic language seem to have their record sales go lower," he wrote. Ouch. There's receipts to this as well.

Eminem's expected to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 next week with first-week figures of 370,000 according to Billboard. An impressive number, especially in a time where people aren't buying records like they use to, but pales in comparison to other people in the industry like Drake and Travis Scott who scored much higher numbers than him.

It's also a very small number compared to what Eminem used to sell in his first-week sales. For instance, 2013's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold 792,000 copies in week one. 2010's Relapse had a similar number.

So it looks like Jonathan has a point in all of this. 


A Fab Couple From Season 2 of 'Queer Eye' Gets Married!

The Fab Five have done it again!

One of the couples from Netflix's wildly popular show Queer Eye got married in a beautiful ceremony a couple of weeks back.

William Mahnken, who appeared on the reboot's second season, married his girlfriend Shannan Eller on June 16th.

"On June 16, I got married to my best friend, Shannan (@treeandshield)", William revealed. "It was a small, private ceremony on the beaches of Amelia Island (Florida) at sunrise." The wedding was also officiated by one of his friends.

The official Queer Eye account shared photos from their wedding day with a beautiful caption congratulating them on the big step. "Congratulations William and Shannan! Thank you for letting us be a part of your love story and we hope that the next phase of your life is filled with love, movies, and a lot of avocado goddess! We Shannan you both."

William got engaged to Shannan during his episode in the most "dramatic" of ways. The budding actor creating a movie short which was played at a festival of sorts in their home state of Georgia. He got down on one knee by the time the movie was over, and the rest is history.

Congrats to William and Shannan! 


Does Antoni Porowski Contribute To The Fab In 'The Fab 5' on 'Queer Eye'?

I have completely binge-watched both seasons of the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, and have loved every minute of it. One question popped into my head, though, after going through every single episode: what does Antoni Porowski really bring to it? 

This will come across as shady, but it's a question that I've noticed is posted quite a lot on social media with many scratching their heads about the same thing. 

The new fab five's roles on the show are as follows: Tan France as the fashion expert, Karamo Brown for culture, Jonathan Van Ness for grooming, Bobby Berk for interior design and Antoni for food and wine.

When I watch these episodes, the other four have a pretty good grip on each of their subjects and are able to get to the meat of their issues in a truly phenomenal way. I struggle, however, to figure out what Antoni's role is on it when what he presents often comes across as incredibly simplistic and not really part of what Jonathan, Bobby, Karamo and Tan are trying to accomplish.

Case in point: season one, episode one's subject was Tom, a good ole southern boy who was the textbook definition of why this show is great. The other guys did a ton of upheaval on him and created a major transformation by the end of the program. Antoni did something with an avocado, which became a running theme on the show.

I know what I'm saying is harsh, but it often seems like he doesn't really have much to do as many subjects on the show are already in decent or great shape to begin with. So was he cast for a completely different purpose? If not, shouldn't the show find better ways to incorporate him when screen time can be potentially difficult with big personalities like Jonathan?

Some people on social media have made claims that he was purposefully brought on as the stereotypical "pretty boy" and that it would also bring in a female viewership as they would find him equally as attractive as men do. I don't necessarily think that's the reason, as I've seen what he's done outside this show and he's really knowledgeable about food and beverage so at least he has that to back it up outside of his good looks.

Also, and this is just from my point of view, but it doesn't really seem like he gels entirely with the other group. Something I've noticed on the show is how they all start out as one but eventually group into twos in many of the episodes. I usually see Jonathan and Tan chatting it up and Bobby and Karamo doing the same. I don't see much interaction from Antoni. Perhaps he's a bit more reserved than the others, which is fine, but the chemistry seems to be a bit lacking now that the show has been on for two seasons in under a year.

If anything, the show has given Antoni a platform to partner with major brands as pretty much every other post on his Instagram is a paid partnership of sorts. This includes Hanes, Whole Foods, and several others. He's also opening up a restaurant in New York City, so clearly he's having the last laugh of sorts here from some of the haters (myself potentially included) who have thrown him shade about this subject in the past.

What I'm hopeful for, in regards to Antoni's purpse on the show, is that he opens up a lot more and finds ways to be more useful with what he's good at. Perhaps giving him a bonus type of thing on the streaming platform where he does a 30-minute type of cooking show with the subject at hand. This will showcase his talents much more than just one dish and he can talk about variety in food and beverage a lot more. Just some thoughts here.

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

Netflix Released A Mini-Episode Where The Fab 5 Visit A Town Called Yass

Did you already finish the second season of Queer Eye? Wish there was more? Well, Netflix has got you covered, because they just dropped a surprise episode on Youtube.

Even though the second season has only been out for a week, many have already binged the series and moved on to other things. In the second season, the Fab 5 were seen visiting a town called Gay and giving the first makeover to a transgender man in Queer Eye history.

But if you haven’t had enough of the Fab 5 just yet, you can enjoy them for a special 20-minute mini-episode found down below.

In the episode, the Fab 5 visit a town called Yass in New South Wales, Australia. While there, they not only see the sights, but they also take the time to give two makeovers.

The team fist meets a 50-year-old rancher named George who was initially scared of the group.

As Jonathan Van Ness said:  “I do think George has never had four American gay men with one gorgeous Pakistani Brit ever come so aggressively at him for cuddles.”

Then, Antoni and Bobby went to a bistro in town to give its look and menu a total transformation.

Want to see how the final changes turned out? Check them out in the full video down below.