Tan France Denies Advocating for Bobby Berk’s Replacement on ‘Queer Eye’

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Tan France, co-host and fashion expert on Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” has stepped forward to address recent allegations suggesting his involvement in advocating for the hiring of his friend Jeremiah Brent to replace former cast member Bobby Berk. Amidst speculation fueled by a Rolling Stone article, France took to Instagram to set the record straight.

In a video posted on Friday, Tan France clarified, “My former colleague getting fired had nothing to do with me trying to get my friend hired.” Dismissing claims of his involvement in pushing for Berk’s departure, France emphasized that the decision to bring Brent on board for Season 9 was made through a rigorous casting process conducted by Netflix and production companies.

Acknowledging his happiness for Brent securing the role, France reiterated, “They ended up getting it because they were the best person for the job.” He emphasized that his support for Brent’s inclusion wasn’t tied to any efforts to remove Berk from the show.

Expressing concern over the origins of the recent discourse surrounding “Queer Eye,” France highlighted the proliferation of misinformation stemming from online gossip. Despite the widespread dissemination of rumors, France urged his audience to seek deeper understanding, urging them to verify information rather than blindly accepting it.

Berk’s departure from the series was announced in November 2023, with his statement implying a voluntary exit. However, France’s recent remarks characterized the departure differently, suggesting a termination. Bobby Berk has yet to publicly respond to France’s statement, while France’s representatives have not immediately responded to requests for comment.

As the conversation surrounding the future of “Queer Eye” continues to unfold, France’s assertion seeks to clarify his stance and dispel any misconceptions about his involvement in the show’s casting decisions. With fans eagerly awaiting the upcoming season, the behind-the-scenes dynamics of the beloved series remain under scrutiny.

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