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Will the Fab Five Give Gritty a Makeover on Queer Eye’s Rumored Philly Season?

Casting fliers for Netflix’s hit makeover show have started popping up around the city

An entirely speculative rendering of what a Queer Eye episode featuring Gritty might look like.
Queer Eye photo by Gavin Bond/Netflix; Gritty photo via Getty/Bruce Bennett

Netflix-branded Queer Eye casting fliers have been spotted around Philadelphia recently, suggesting that the members of the Fab Five are headed to the City of Brotherly Love to film a new season of the hit lifestyle makeover show in the near future. A photo of one of these fliers was posted to Reddit yesterday, and a few other pics of the casting call announcements are floating around Twitter. According to the Philly Voice, a local boutique called Shazza Shop shared an Instagram message about how the show will be filming from June through September, although it looks like that post has since been deleted.

Netflix has yet to confirm that the series is filming in the area. But of course, if Queer Eye does shoot in Philly this summer, the producers should really certainly consider doing something with Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty. Like the members of the Fab Five — food expert Antoni Porowski, life coach Karamo Brown, grooming specialist Jonathan Van Ness, style expert Tan France, and design hot shot Bobby Berk — Gritty also rose from relative obscurity last year and quickly became a pop culture superstar. While many Flyers fans think the shaggy orange monster is perfect just the way he is, surely the members of the Fab Five could introduce Gritty to some new forms of self care that could help him reach his full potential as a googly-eyed mirth maker.

The Kansas City-themed third season of Queer Eye premiered on Netflix last month, and the Fab Five guys also filmed a mini season in Tokyo earlier this year. Presumably, if the crew does film in Philly this summer, these episodes won’t air till early 2020. No word yet on what Antoni might have planned, but some sort of market vegetable riff on a cheesesteak or a canapé version a roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich seem like distinct possibilities.

In other Queer Eye news, fans of the show raised more than $90,000 for Jess Guilbeaux, the Kansas City woman who was kicked out of her home for being a lesbian and later dropped out of college because she couldn’t pay off her debt. According to a rep for GoFundMe, Guilbeaux managed to pay her college loans thanks to these fan donations.

Stay tuned for any and all updates on the next season of Queer Eye as they become available.

Is ‘Queer Eye’ coming to Philadelphia next season? [Philly Voice]
Queer Eye Fans Raise $90K for Woman to Go Back to School [Jezebel]