Watch: 'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Says Show will Not 'Shy Away' from COVID for New Season

Monday May 3, 2021

From left to right: Tan France, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, and Karamo Brown in a scene from "Queer Eye."
From left to right: Tan France, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, and Karamo Brown in a scene from "Queer Eye."  (Source:Ryan Collerd/Netflix)

Right before the pandemic hit and the nation was put on a lockdown, the Fab Five of "Queer Eye" were in Austin, Texas filming Season 6 of the Netflix reality show. Now, star Karamo Brown is telling Deadline that the crew will take on COVID head on in the upcoming season.

"We are not going to shy away from Covid and the reality of what's happening and how it's affecting people," Brown said.

Star Johnathan Van Ness added: "We're going to be practicing the move where all four boys are going to pick me up as I careen towards them for a new opening sequence. It's 'Dirty Dancing.' Then, they throw me up and Karamo catches me. It's really gorgeous and we're really excited for that choreo sequence."

The Fab Five — which also includes Tan France, Bobby Berk and Antoni Porowski — said "Queer Eye" has come a long way since the reboot debuted in 2018.

"We have all gotten stronger and better," Brown said. "I remember season 1 when we were all, like, 'Okay are we going to do this?' We were bumping into each other. We knew what we were saying, but we'd also kind of pull back. Now, we're secure, we're sure of it."

"After all these seasons, there's this really natural flow," France added. "We know each other so well, so we know whether to move forward or pull back."

Back in August, Brown spoke with People magazine about filming the new season when production was halted after filming just one episode.

"I think our network did a really great job of seeing it for what it was and making sure that we were safe way before the news had said things need to shut down," he said at the time. "But they're excited for us to go back," Brown added. "They've given us notice on Monday that 'Queer Eye' is coming back, [saying,] 'Don't worry guys. We're just figuring out how to do it safely and at the right time.'"

Click here to watch the Fab Five's Deadline interview.