Queer Eye snatches its first Emmy award for outstanding reality show

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Queer Eye snatched its first ever Emmy on Sunday during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, which where hosted by none other than the Fab Five themselves.

The Netflix revival of Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy won the Emmy for outstanding structured reality programme, besting Shark Tank, Antiques Roadshow, Fixer Upper, Lip Sync Battle and Who Do You Think you Are.

“This show is so important, thank you for what this fab five are doing to help the LGBT movement,” creator and executive producer David Collins said upon accepting the award.

Queer Eye took home two other awards: outstanding picture editing for a structured or competition reality programme and outstanding casting for a reality programme.

The Fab Five documented the night and their wins on Instagram throughout the evening.

Tan France was obviously moved when he snapped this picture with Queer Eye’s first ever Emmy. (Instagram/@tanfrance)

Queer Eye just really made it work with 3 Emmys,” said co-host Jonathan Van Ness, who wowed audiences with the see-through dress he wore during the awards ceremony.

His co-star Bobby Berk, interior design wizard on the show, called the moment “surreal” on his own account, while Tan France, the show’s style guru shared a selfie with the coveted prize.

“Congrats to the @QueerEye family on 3 Emmys!!! Love and inclusion takes front stage,” Antoni Porowski, the show’s food and wine expert (and thirst trap) wrote on Twitter.


The Fab Five celebrated their Emmy wins at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Netflix After Party on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, (Rachel Murray/Getty)

The show’s official Twitter account reacted to the tweets as well: “WE’RE ABSOLUTELY SOBBING,” it read. “Congratulations to the cast and crew of Queer Eye for taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program!! CAN YOU BELIEVE???”

The show was also nominated for outstanding cinematography for a reality programme, but National Geographic’s Life Below Zero took the award home.

“To be recognised at all, we’ve already won,” Van Ness told ET following the news of their nominations.

Van Ness was also nominated for outstanding short form variety series for his Funny or Die series, Gay of Thrones, but the award went to Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke.

Queer Eye took Netflix by storm after premiering in February with its first two seasons earning a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In 2004, the show’s original run won an Emmy for outstanding reality programme. Its original fashion consultant Carson Kressley (also a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race) said he was glad the reboot was nominated, but added: “it was a little more groundbreaking back when we won an Emmy in 2004.”

Queer Eye’s third season, shot in Kansas City, will air on Netflix sometime in 2019.

Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk had a blast at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Netflix After Party on September 9. (Rachel Murray/Getty)

From one LGBT sensation to the other, RuPaul took home the outstanding host award for his work on RuPaul’s Drag Race, his third win in a row since 2016.

Drag Race is also nominated for outstanding reality competition programme along with Amazing Race, Top Chef, American Ninja Warrior, and The Voice, but we will have to wait for the Emmys main event on September 17 to see if he takes it home.