Show's hosts looking to renegotiate salaries
Break out the hair gel and martini shakers: “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” producers Scout Prods. are in talks with Bravo about upping the show’s season two order to a staggering 40 episodes.
Bravo ordered 20 segs for the first season of “Queer Eye,” 13 of which have already been produced. Production begins shortly on the seven remaining episodes for the show’s November cycle.
Simultaneously, the show’s Fab Five — Kyan Douglas, Ted Allen, Carson Kressley, Jai Rodriguez and Thom Filicia — are looking to renegotiate their salaries, which currently clock in at a relatively paltry $3,000 an episode.
Insiders said that renegotiations had just started for the Queer Guys, who have become overnight sensations thanks to the quirky makeover show. The five stars recently sealed a $1.2 million book deal based on “Queer Eye.”
“Queer Eye” premiered in July and quickly turned into a pop culture phenomenon, pulling the cabler’s best ever numbers and also making several appearances on big brother net NBC.
Speaking recently at a Hollywood Radio and TV Society luncheon, NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said the Peacock would continue to repurpose “Queer Eye” segs.
Scout’s David Collins and Michael Williams, and Bravo’s Francis Berwick, Amy Introcaso-Davis and Christian Barcellos, exec produce “Queer Eye.”