Queer Eye Forced These Guys to Come Out

On the heels of Sunday's tenth anniversary celebration of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, we find out who wasn't even out when they got the gig.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

October 19 2013 1:02 PM ET

Carson Kressley at the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs earlier this year

It's been 10 years since Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy introduced the concept of gay "lifestyle experts," opened up reality TV for gay people, and made meterosexual living something for Americans of all stripes to strive for. Now a new reunion special,e  hosted by Andy Cohen, brings the five guys back together. 

People offers up one of the special's biggest reveals: Carson Kressley and Ted Allen were not out to their families when the show was about to air. Kressley, who has had two of his own series and became a fan favorite on Dancing With the Stars since the show ended, 

"It was for me ... really ironic that it took something like a makeover show for me to actually be honest and empowered, to get over that fear that your family is not going to love you for who you are," Kressley admitted. He says he literally told his relatives he was gay just weeks before the show just aired.

Allen, who hosts Food Network's hit series, Chopped, says he too had to come out right before the show aired. "They were great when I came out to them. They did not like the idea of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy at all" but, he adds, once the show became a hit they changed their minds. "The funny thing about being semi-famous is it sort of makes everything okay."

Another revelation: at least two of the fab five hooked up on the show, Thom Filicia told the Hollywood Reporter. We know it's not Kressley but beyond that you'll have to wait for Sunday's show to find out who was involved.

The Queer Eye Reunion: 10 Years Later airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. 

Watch a preview video at People.com.

 

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