Queer Eye creator: Bravo “ate their own baby,” “just don’t get the cool, hip factor.”

Queer Eye creator: Bravo “ate their own baby,” “just don’t get the cool, hip factor.”
In a profile of Queer Eye creator David Collins, the Boston Globe Magazine finds that Collins isn’t exactly thrilled with Bravo for running his once-golden series into the ground. “They don’t have an understanding of brand management. They aired Straight Guy to death. They completely went in and ate their own baby,” he says. The Magazine also discusses “the network’s disinterest in exploiting ancillary marketing opportunities.” Collins says they “just don’t get the cool, hip factor.” Bravo/NBC/GE is “so big that they can’t get a very simple through line from A to Z. They’re obstructing.” Regarding the Fab Five’s reported contract disputes, Collins says that if it was up to him, he would have said, “You wouldn’t have a book, you wouldn’t have this. It all is because of the show. We cast you. We found you. I gave you that opportunity.” Ooh, cold. He does admit that the Fab Five “brought something to the table. As in all deals, you have to make it right.”

Speaking of the Fab Five, he also reveals that, compared to the cast of the upcoming spin-off Queer Eye for the Straight Girl, the original Fab Five are ugly-ass dogs. Collins says, “Wait till people see them. They are such gorgeous human beings. The Fab Five are good-looking guys, but the Gal Pals are beautiful.” In the Gal Pals, they “wanted a group that could operate as a team, that wasn’t as much about individuals as the Fab Five. The woman should always be surrounded. That’s what’s going to make it meaningful to her. She’s running around town with a powerful team behind her.”

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