On Monday, Carson Kressley of the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (he was the fashion gent—for you Netflix newbies, that’s the Tan France of the OG group) said some accidentally shady shit to Variety about the beloved remake. While attending a party in Los Angeles, celebrating 70 years of the Emmys he said:
“I’m thrilled that they’re nominated, but it was a little more groundbreaking back when we won an Emmy in 2004.”
Two days later, truly wasting no time—and, perhaps, after getting hit with a barrage of “what the fuck, dude?” texts from concerned friends—Kressley clarified his remarks to People:
“I loved being a part of the original ‘Queer Eye’ and I love the reboot. When I said the original was more groundbreaking it only meant that the original aired in an era when there was far less representation of gay people on television. We have come a long way and I am very proud to have passed the torch to the wonderful and talented new cast.”
Honestly, it makes sense? I doubt the Queer Eye guys came into their project with the aim of breaking ground (at least, I hope not—or they might’ve taught Antoni to cook ahead of time) but it’s nice to see the non-beef squashed.