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Fashion Victim

Axed ''Queer Eye''guy sues for more cash. Blair Boone says he deserves $105,000 despite being canned after two episodes

Even the Fab Five can make a fashion faux pas, or at least that’s what onetime ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'' cast member Blair Boone is claiming. Boone, the culture expert who was replaced by Jai Rodriguez after two episodes of the makeover show, is suing the "Eye"’s producers for breach of contract.

Boone, who quit his job as an ad manager and writer for the upscale gay and lesbian magazine Metrosource to take the ''Queer Eye'' gig, says he was only paid $6,000 before getting the boot. His suit claims he should have been paid the salary for a full production year of 35 episodes -- a total of $105,000.

Though Boone’s attorney Ariel Berschadsky claims show producers did offer Boone an undisclosed sum prior to the lawsuit being filed, the amount was apparently as unappealing to his client as back hair under a wifebeater T-shirt. Officials at Queer Eye LLC have had no comment.

But the settlement Boone is seeking pales in comparison to the hefty $1 million the "Queer Eye" crew -- Rodriguez, Carson Kressley, Thom Felicia, Ted Allen and Kyan Douglas -- will receive from Random House to write their own makeover book this year. "When I see the million dollar book deal, I have to clench my teeth," Boone told the New York Post. ''That’s what I expected to see and [to] be a part of.''

The tome, currently titled "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better and Living Better," is expected out in February.

Originally posted Sep 03, 2003
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