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Karamo Brown reveals which Queer Eye cast member he hated in the first season

Karamo Brown reveals which Queer Eye cast member he hated in the first season

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Queer Eye fans know and love Karamo Brown as the culture expert in the hit Netflix show, but not everybody used to like him.

The 38-year-old TV personality told E! Online yesterday (15 May) that throughout the first season of the show – back in 2018 – he had an ‘extreme amount of conflict’ with fellow Fab Five star, Antoni Porowski. 

The beef was low-key, he said, but the pair kept things professional while on-camera. Off-camera, he claimed though, was a different story.

What happened?

Brown said you have to listen to his podcast to know why exactly the pair disdained one another.

But he did let slip a few details. ‘My castmate from Queer Eye, Antoni, people didn’t know that we had an extreme amount of conflict,’ he shared.

‘We did not talk to each other at all during season one, even though we were shooting together.’


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While they didn’t get along in the beginning, Brown explained that when the cameras were rolling, the pair kept it professional and focused on the make-over hero.

‘On camera, it was always about that person and about creating something successful, so that was genuine,’ he added.

‘Before we would go on camera, we would say to each other: “This is not about us. It’s about this person.”‘

“Girl, don’t come near me”

However, things heated up when the camera stopped.

‘But off camera, the minute that camera stopped rolling, “Girl, don’t come near me.” And vice versa, he didn’t want me to come near him.’

He revealed that ‘someone in-house’ made the drama worse.

‘Our personalities got along, but then a third party got involved and once that third party got involved, he and I couldn’t even talk to each other.


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‘We were too busy hearing rumors of what this third party was spreading about both of us.’

When they both realized ‘there was a third toxic party messing with us,’ the two reconciled over an hour-long conversation.

‘We were like, why did we just go through all those months of b.s?’

However, fast-forwarding to today, and it seems the pair have definitely patched things up.

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