Fans and fellow ‘Queer Eye’ stars react to Bobby Berk’s departure from the show

· Updated on November 16, 2023

Interior design expert Bobby Berk made the surprise announcement yesterday that he will be leaving Queer Eye. Berk took to social media to reveal that he will leave after the eighth season, which Netflix announced will air from January 24, 2024.

Berk has been part of the rebooted show since it returned in 2018, alongside Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski and Tan France. Season eight will take place again in New Orleans. Season nine, to be set in Las Vegas, has already been commissioned.

On X (formerly Twitter), Berk posted a thread. He said, “To the Queer Eye Community who have become family to me. 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.”

Berk went on to thank all those who had shared their stories with him and allowed him into their homes.

“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.”

Berk concluded, “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.

“I love you all so so much and I’ll meet you all in Nola for one final season.”

Some of his fellow Queer Eye stars were among the first to comment under his Instagram posting.

Karamo Brown said, “@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!”

Antoni Porowski said, “#foreverthefab5 indeed, and don’t forget it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”


Jonathan Van Ness posted a row of love-heart emojis: “❤️❤️❤️” On his Instagram stories, JVN said “One of a kind & such a star, love you Bobby.”

Jonathan Van Ness instagram stories

The official Queer Eye accounts also shared the news.

Online, many thanked Berk for his work on Queer Eye, and for sharing so much about his own journey. This included the trauma inflicted by his religious upbringing when younger.

Others said the show just won’t be the same without Berk, suggesting that he… well, did a lot of the heavy transformation work.

Bobby Berk reactions

Many others just wanted to say they were excited to see what Berk does next.

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