Bravo announced today that Queer Eye will end its run this summer with the fifth and final season. Considering that this cable channel these days is all gay all the time, the once groundbreaking series that showed straight guys getting over their “ick” factor having homosexuals hug them is no longer a big deal. But, in its time, there was something fabulous about the disconnect between audiences loving the Queer Eye guys while the Bush administration tried to demonize homosexuals. Don’t cry for the boys, though: Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez are all over sitcoms, dramas and other Reality TV shows, and should stay around, for a long time. “The unforgettable Fab Five have taken Bravo and viewers worldwide for an eye and mind-opening ride since they made their fabulous debut,” says Frances Berwick, Bravo’s head of programming and production. “We proudly watched as viewers embraced the series that really helped open the closet doors on gays and their presence on television and in popular culture.” Amen.
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