Queer Eye's Fab Five celebrate book launch, time in Kansas City at sold-out library event

Posted at 10:00 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 11:01:34-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It's been four months since Netflix announced that the cast of “Queer Eye,” aka the Fab Five, was heading to Kansas City to transform the lives of people in the metro, from their fashion sense to a full home makeover.

On Wednesday, the guys appeared together at the Kansas City Public Library to talk about their new book, "Queer Eye: Love Yourself, Love Your Life.” The show's creator, David Collins, moderated the event.

Some tickets cost $50 (they sold out in one minute), another tier sold for $30 and then opened to free general admission. The money from the tickets went to the Friends of the Library.

This event hit a new attendance record for the library at 1,082. 

When the cast heard that number, they joked "no pressure." 

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The media was able to talk with the Fab Five before they hit the stage. 

Of course, they were asked about barbecue and said their collective favorite was Joe’s KC, but added that Kansas City has amazing food overall — some even saying they gained weight because of how good the food is.

The group has been transforming lives for weeks across the metro. Missouri native Bobby Berk, who is the interior design guru for the group, said he was excited when he heard he was coming back to his home state.

"For me, I was excited. I grew up in Missouri. So, it was kind of a good homecoming for me. Kansas City has definitely grown and become an amazing city," Berk said. "Honestly it's a city that you guys can be so proud of. I can't wait for the world… to see it in such great light."

This week wraps up filming for the cast. 41 Action News Reporter Jordan Betts asked if they were sad to leave. Life coach for the show Karamo Brown said he isn’t sad to go, because he misses his family, but plans to come back to visit the city in the future.

Grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness will be taking a part of Kansas City with him. He adopted two kittens from KC Pet Project a few weeks ago. He also made sure to point out he would be back for the 2019 National Gymnastics Championship.

The “Queer Eye” book was released Wednesday. The cast said they wanted to do the book to give readers better ways to improve their lifestyle and give them a glimpse into the personal lives of the Fab Five.

"A lot of times people are like ‘Are you all really friends? Can we have more information about each one of your categories? Just give us, more, more.’ And yes, we want to give it but didn't know how," Brown said.

That's when the book came to life. Most of the photos readers will see in the book were shot in Kansas City. Fans who bought tickets (some of whom traveled several hours) to the event were able to take a signed copy home.

Many people in the room said they will miss the cast being in the city, but know they will have a lasting impact on the metro.

Season three is expected to come out sometime in 2019. The first two seasons are available to stream on Netflix.