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This Queer Eye star just announced he’s retiring from TV


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Kyan Douglas, 51, the former grooming expert on the first series of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy back in 2003, has announced he’s retiring from TV work.

After finding fame on Queer Eye, Douglas has frequently appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, where he gives people makeovers. He’s been a regular on the show for over 13 years.

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On yesterday’s episode, he made the surprise announcement that he was stepping away from working in front of the camera.


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“So, Kyan has an announcement he’s going to share with everybody and he came to us because he has done this show more than any,” said host Ray. “So, what is your announcement?”

“I am retiring from the television business at last,” Kyan said. “I just feel ready to move on to something else. I don’t know what that is yet, but things come to an end and the universe will fill a void, so it’s time to step away and see what’s next for me.”

He then thanked Ray personally, saying his work for her had helped him out in a very personal capacity.

“I have to tell you [Rachael], that because of you, I’ve worked for you for 13 years, and because of you and working on this show – the flexibility that it gave me, the income that it gave me – I was able to spend the last year of my mother’s life with her at home. You gave that to me. Thank you so much. I’ll never forget it.”

Ray responded, “We have nothing but love and respect for you. We are your family and we will always be family.”

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Whatever Kyan plans to do next with his life, here’s wishing him all the very best!

Here’s a reminder of the original Queer Eye fab five when they first hit our screens in the mid-00s (with Kyan on the far left).


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