November 13, 2023
Say Buh-Bye to 'Queer Eye's' Bobby Berk
Emell Adolphus READ TIME: 2 MIN.
Get ready to say farewell to "Queer Eye" co-host Bobby Berk as he has announced that he will be exiting the hit Netflix reality show after the upcoming season 8.
"It's with a heavy heart that I announce that season 8 will be my final season on 'Queer Eye,'" Berk wrote. "It's not been an easy decision to be at peace with, but a necessary one. Although my journey with 'Queer Eye' is over, my journey with you is not. You will be seeing more of me very soon."
Berk shared the news via an emotional Instagram post Monday morning, and it wasn't long before fans and his fellow fab five members flooded his comments with words of support.
"@bobby we are #ForeverTheFab5 | no matter what. I'm about to be a Netflix's door & e-mails telling them you can't leave! Who is coming with me? 😢😍 I love you!" wrote fellow Fab Five co-host and daytime talk show host Karamo Brown.
Since the relaunch of the show in 2018, Berk has hosted the show alongside Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Brown and Tan France. Season 8 hit streaming Jan. 24, 2024 and will be based in New Orleans. Season 9 will reportedly be based in Las Vegas, now without Berk, of course.
Berk was the interior design expert in the Fab Five and focused on giving a makeover for people's homes.
"We appreciate the heart and dedication Bobby Berk brought to 'Queer Eye' over eight amazing seasons. He will always be a member of the Fab Five family and we wish him the very best," said ITV Entertainment, Scout Productions and Netflix in a statement.
"Queer Eye" has won 10 Emmy awards since its relaunch on Netflix.
"The love that I have received from you all over the last 6 years has been absolutely surreal. You have tuned in and been dedicated fans and together we were able to share the healing powers of design," added Berk in his statement. "I learned from you all about kindness, love and acceptance and that has changed my life for the better. The way you have embraced me and accepted me for who I am is something that l will truly carry with me for the rest of my life."
To greener pastures, Berk.