What’s worse than getting dumped? Getting dumped via email.
And that’s exactly the way former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Nightlife Expert Jai Rodriguez and co-hosts Carson Kressley, Thom Filicia, Ted Allen, and Kyan Douglas, found out the plug was being pulled on their hit Bravo show.
“We just got an email. That was it,” Rodriguez confessed.
At the time the series wrapped in 2007, Rodriguez said he and the rest of the “Fab Five” were all eager to move on to other projects, but still found the emailed bums rush a bit harsh. “We thought there’d be something a little fancier than an email saying that the show was going to end on episode 100,” he explained in an interview from Miami on Wednesday.
From the time “Queer Eye” premiered in the summer of 2003, the makeover show that took average straight schlubs and made them into above-average studs with the help of five gay style experts was an instant hit for the relatively unwatched network, bringing in around 3.3 million viewers each week.
Of the Fab Five catapult into stardom, Rodriguez said the whole experience was a “weird thing” at first.
“It happened within a month and a half,” he said. “You’re like ‘Oh God, I’m on Oprah!,’” woefully adding “but for cleaning toilets.”
Now Rodriguez, who returns to TV Saturday night as host of the second season of Animal Planet’s series Groomer Has It, says he and the guys would like some recognition from the network he feels they built into what it is today. “It would be really nice to be remembered or honored in any kind of way,” he confessed. “I think there’s a part of us that wouldn’t mind coming back for a holiday special, because we do feel like Bravo was home for a long time.”
Does he see a special happening any time in the near future? “I would say that Bravo has no interest in doing a reunion special. They didn’t when we finished the show, and they do reunion specials for small things like The Real Housewives,” he said, adding “I think it would be really shocking if they ever did want to bring us back.”
Rodriguez said he still stays in close touch with the “Queer Eye” gang, admitting they all consider themselves “a family,” not friends. “It did have something I’d never experienced in any other cast or any other production,” he said. “There was a certain magic there that was completely unintentional.”
What do you think? Should Bravo give the guys a holiday special? Would you like to see a reunion?
Groomer Has It returns for a second season Saturday, April 11 at 9 PM.