One of the more heartwarming stories from last season’s Queer Eye was that of Tom and Abby.
Tom Jackson wanted the Fab 5 to help him gain confidence so he could win back his ex-wife Abby Parr. However, resident culture expert, Karamo Brown revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the reunion nearly didn’t happen.
In the interview, Brown admitted that he had already helped Tom redesign his online dating profile, and had taken him out “to meet different women to learn how to talk to him, to build his confidence,” in a speed dating like scenario.
However, the focus of the episode shifted after Tom made an offhand remark to food and drink expert Antoni Porowski, and the chef realised that Tom was still in love with Abby.
Brown said that Antoni had “shifted” that episode, saying: “Antoni catching that one [comment where Jackson mentions Parr] literally cut my scene out, which I’m happy about… All of a sudden we are on a bench and I’m like, ‘Call your ex-wife!’ [to invite her to the car show].”
Porowski downplayed his importance, saying: “We all have those discoveries in one episode or another.”
Since the airing of the episode, fans of Tom and Abby have been treated to a rollercoaster of emotions. First Tom tweeted that the couple had broken up again, but then just a couple of weeks later they announced that they were back together and soon after they announced that they were engaged.
“It’s official, Abby and I are engaged,” Tom wrote on Twitter. “What a Netflix special [that] would be if the Fab 5 planned and attended our wedding!” However, it seems Netflix may not have ran with this, as the pair have since married in Gatlingberg, Tennessee.
Speaking about the episode, Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) said: “One of my closest friends is a trans man who is incredible. And a lot of my clients are trans women. So I am really hoping that we can do right by our trans brothers and sisters.
“[Skyler] is going through so much, so [it was important to be] gentle and respectful and not to be a queenie know-it-all dum-dum when you’re trying to be a loving person.”
Queer Eye season two will begin streaming on Netflix from 15 June.