Watch Jai Rodriguez Tell Bobby Berk What He Really Thought When He Learned of the Queer Eye Reboot

By Samantha Bergeson Jul 08, 2021 6:58 PMTags

Same age, different generations. 

Queer Eye For the Straight Guy O.G. cast member Jai Rodriguez exclusively revealed on E! News' Daily Pop on July 8 that he was originally "shocked" to learn of the Queer Eye reboot, starring DP guest co-host Bobby Berk. Despite Jai and Bobby both turning 40—Jai rang in his big b-day with his Fab Five family on the June 15 episode of E!'s Reunion Road Trip—the two makeover experts represent different generations of Queer Eye fandom. 

"Queer Eye worlds are colliding!" Bobby joked about his "uncle" Jai. 

Yet, Jai wasn't always ready to give up the Queer Eye reigns. "This is the real tea," he dished. Presumably back in 2018 prior to the Netflix reboot, Jai received a phone call in the middle of his cabaret show rehearsals.

"'We're bringing Queer Eye back,' and before they could even take a breath, my Puerto Rican butt threw myself on the line and was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is so amazing because honestly now in my 30s, I have, like, so much more to offer...'" Jai remembered saying, before he was informed of the new cast.

"You're already envisioning your house in the hills," he joked. "I was literally in shock for a second."

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However, Jai ultimately was thankful for the new crew, starring Jonathan Van NessKaramo BrownAntoni Porowski and Tan France.

"As I really thought about it, after Queer Eye, it was really hard to get back to my profession as an entertainer and an actor because it had a reality show stigma on my name," Jai opened up. "I had to fight so hard. Once I got meet the new Fab Five, they were so incredibly gracious."

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It's clear Jai doesn't just "like" the Fab Five, he "loves" them! 

"Someone said it best, but we did it when the world needed the show and now the world needed the show again," Jai concluded. 

Watch the sweet clip above to see Bobby and Jai discuss Queer Eye's lasting impact and Jai's surprise at the franchise's success!