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'Queer' Pressure

Why ''Queer Eye'''s salary makeover may not be so fab. One drawback to negotiating like Friends: Carson Kressley may end up throwing away some cash

Fab 5, Ted Allen, ... | GOT YOUR GREENBACKS By taking a united stance in salary negotiations, the Fab 5 actually may save Bravo some money
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GOT YOUR GREENBACKS By taking a united stance in salary negotiations, the Fab 5 actually may save Bravo some money

The Fab 5 are emulating their Friends. Now that Bravo's negotiating for 40 more episodes of ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,'' sources say makeover mavens Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Jai Rodriguez, Thom Filicia, and Kyan Douglas are angling for a pay hike together (each now earns just $3,000 an episode). That could be good news to Bravo: The cabler can base the collective salary on the least valuable player (hello, Jai!) -- just like Warner Bros. TV did when the Friends banded together for third-year bumps. Reflects one former WBTV suit: ''If Jennifer Aniston had come in on her own and Matt LeBlanc on his own, the deal would have been radically different. It's bargaining power.'' But with $10K an episode the likely outcome for each of the Fab 5, perhaps pride among his ''Queer'' peers is more important to Carson -- the show's real breakout star -- than a higher salary.

Originally posted Oct 10, 2003 Published in issue #732 Oct 10, 2003 Order article reprints