Queer Eye host: 'We're ready to bring show to the UK'
Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has said Brits don’t need too much help when it comes to fashion – but the show’s experts could help us when it comes to Brexit.
As one of the US show’s Fab Five makeover experts, along with Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France and Bobby Berk, Brown is known for his good advice and being able to solve a problem.
The critically acclaimed reality TV show has become a huge hit since it rebooted in 2018, winning three Emmys that year and four in 2019, as well as fans across the world, and making global stars of its hosts.
A makeover show “with heart”, the programme follows a group of five gay men who aim to change the lives of others through personal and home makeovers, cookery classes and confidence-boosting sessions, and is all about encouraging its participants, usually men, to love themselves for who they are.
Speaking at the E! People’s Choice Awards, Brown, the show’s culture expert, told Sky News he would love to launch the show in the UK.
“Oh my gosh, we’d love to come to the UK. Tan France, our Tanny, is from the UK and we go there with him to visit and we’re like, we want to spend a couple of months there. So can we start a petition right now?
“I’m with it, we’re all with it. We’re ready.”
With four US seasons completed already since the Netflix relaunch, as well as a special series in Japan, a UK move would undoubtedly be a huge hit.
Does Brown think us Brits could do with a makeover?
“I think Brits are some of the most fashionable and most charismatic and amazing people in the world,” he said. “But everyone in every place needs a little help so we’ll find some Brits who need help – but the majority of you don’t.”
One place where the Fab Five’s skills could go down well is in politics. Three-and-a-half years on from the referendum and with the Brexit stalemate continuing, could UK politics do with some Queer Eye advice?
“I’ll try. That would be great – Queer Eye in parliament, and solve Brexit. There you go, that’s an exclusive.”
Brown says all of the hosts have been amazed by the show’s success.
“Really, we all thought we were out of a job after season one,” he said. “We were like, no one’s going to watch this. But, you know, I think it’s the heart. When you can connect with everyday people and make them feel seen, make them feel loved.”
Brown says he thinks the division across the US and the world at the moment is the reason so many people have become invested in a show that is all about positivity and love.
“Everywhere in this country there’s division, there’s violence, there’s hate, and to have a show that is pure love is I think the key secret right now,” he said.
“People are just tired of it. They’re tired of not talking, they’re tired of feeling like their politicians are screaming at them and telling them that they’re not enough. We’re at a place now where it’s like yo, we’re ready for love to lead.”