Queer Eye star Bobby Berk is opening up about his decision to step down from the hit Netflix show after seven seasons.
Toward the end of last year, Bobby announced that he would be stepping down from the “Fab Five,” and in the months since, speculation has been rife on social media about his reasons for doing so.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the design expert said he hopes to set the record straight once and for all.
Bobby started off by saying that when the final season finished, he and the rest of the team “thought we were done.”
“Mentally and emotionally, I think we’ve all moved on,” he explained. “I knew I did, and I started planning other things.”
However, he claims that when Netflix made an offer for the next season, the remaining four members of the team decided to sign on, admitting he was “crazy” – but only for “a second”.Bobby reunited with his four co-stars at the Emmys earlier this month
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Bobby insisted: “All the plans I made when I thought we weren’t coming back, I just don’t want to change them.
“I had to put the brakes on several other projects that were in process. We were just mentally preparing ourselves to move forward—that’s why I left.”
Since Bobby’s exit, fans have speculated that he and fellow cast member Tan France may have fallen out, after discovering they no longer follow each other on Instagram.
“Tan and I have a moment,” said Bobby. “There was a situation, and it happened between Tan and I, and it had nothing to do with the show. It was something personal that was going on—and nothing romantic, just to be clear.
“Should I unfollow Tan? No. Maybe I should just silence him. But that day, I got angry, and that was the end of it. We became like siblings—and siblings always fight.”Tan and Bobby on The Today Show in 2019
Bobby went on to add: “I can predict that in six months or a year, Tan and I in our respective homes will be fine. Emmy has been the first bandage on that wound.”
With Bobby now leaving the show, Queer Eye’s upcoming ninth season will see a new member added to the Fab Five to take over his regular duties.
The eighth season of Queer Eye – which will be the last with the current “Fab Five” – is now streaming on Netflix.
Announcing his departure, Bobby previously told his fans: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce that season eight will be my final season on Queer Eye. It is not an easy decision to make peace, but a necessary one.
“Even though my journey with Queer Eye has ended, my journey with you is not. You’ll be seeing more of me soon.