It’s official, HGTV’s Jeremiah Brent is joining Queer Eye after Bobby Berk’s departure

Ever since Berk announced his departure, rumours of his replacement have been swirling. (Getty/Getty)

Be still, our queer beating hearts! Interior designer Jeremiah Brent is joining Queer Eye, Netflix has confirmed. 

The streaming platform announced on 27 February that the HGTV star would join long-term cast members Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness for the series’ ninth season, which is set to be filmed in Las Vegas, USA.

The news comes after the beloved fifth member of the group, Bobby Berk, announced back in November that he’d be leaving the hit Netflix series following its eighth season. The design expert has been a member of the Fab Five since the reality show premiered in 2018.

Netflix took to X (formerly Twitter) to announce the exciting news, writing: “Breaking news from Fab Five headquarters. Interior Designer Jeremiah Brent is joining the cast of Queer Eye for Season 9 in Las Vegas!”

Previously, rumours swirled about France being the reason that Brent was leaving the show, after a “situation” transpired between the pair. At the end of last year, fans of the series discovered that Berk was allegedly not following France on Instagram or tagging him in group pictures from the show. 

Brent — an interior designer and TV personality — already opened up about his potential future on the series before his appearance was confirmed. The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project star was at the centre of replacement speculation, and People asked the 39-year-old about the rumours in a 20 February interview. 

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At the time, the star didn’t confirm or deny whether he would be joining the rest of the Fab Five, but he said he was “open” to being on the series. 

“I’m open to anything. I love those boys. I’m friends with them, and I’ve got a lot of respect for what the show does and what it represents,” Brent said. “It’s what matters most to me about design, so you never know. I’m open to anything that life presents.”

In terms of what’s next for the former Queer Eye star, he has already confirmed being on “multiple other projects” outside of the show.

Reports suggest that Berk could be making a move to HGTV. However, he recently revealed that he’s heading up a line of custom model houses for a Nevada-based construction company, Tri Pointe Homes.

Berk is behind 10 interior designs, including furniture and finishes, for the company’s planned communities around the country. So, anyone who wants a home designed by Bobby Berk might find they can make their wish a reality.