Bobby Berk recently dropped the news that he's leaving Queer Eye after 8 seasons, telling fans that "it’s not been an easy decision to be at peace with, but a necessary one." And naturally, everyone has been left wondering...why?! (We're also wondering who could be the next Bobby Berk, but the verdict is still out!)
Answer: depends on which ~sources~ you ask. An insider tells Us Weekly that Bobby was “asked to leave” the show “because he wasn’t vibing with the cast.” (The cast being: Tan France, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, and Antoni Porowski.)
This source notes that “There were many challenges with scheduling [and] there was a loss of interest from Bobby filming the show. The network and the cast thought it was time to bring in fresh blood. His heart was not in it and the rest of the cast started to resent him because of that.”
Oof, but FYI another insider tells Us Weekly that Bobby “was not asked to leave” and adds that the “decision was amicable.” So....who knows!
Either way, here's Bobby's full statement if you want to read into things:
"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. 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. Throughout these years, you, the die-hard fans of Queer Eye, have all shared so many stories with me about how the show has touched your lives and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you for being brave enough to share your experiences. To all our wonderful, loving, amazing, and brave heroes there is so much I want to say, and so much gratitude I want to express to you all for letting me into your homes and hearts. It’s all because of you that I’ve kept going all these years and each and every one of you have changed me for the better. I’m so very proud of all of you! Being able to help guide you to find the best version of yourselves is something I never took for granted and never will. It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that season 8 will be my final season on Queer Eye. 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."
It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that season 8 will be my final season on Queer Eye. 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.
— Bobby (@bobbyberk) November 13, 2023
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