It’s time for a little love.
Now, the Emmy winner is bringing his gifts to daytime on his nationally syndicated talk show Karamo.
“I did believe [I would receive my own talk show],” Brown tells Out. “That’s part of the faith you have to have when you’re in a business like the entertainment business or any career. If we don’t have faith in ourselves and aren’t able to express it, then sometimes I think that we close doors before people even know that we want them open.”
The reality star is bringing his skills as a licensed psychotherapist to help everyday people with their personal struggles.
“A lot of daytime talk shows are celebrity driven. Mine is not. It’s about every person that looks just like your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother,” he says. “You’re going to walk away with real tips, real solutions, real advice to make you better.”
Brown is also pushing the needle further in terms of diversity in daytime TV by hosting the show as an openly gay Black man.
“Representation is so important because the more that we see ourselves, the more you know that your dream is valid. The reality of this business is that there’s still homophobia. I see shows that should not have been canceled, in my personal opinion. I look at Queer As Folk. I think that show was exceptional. We’re still at a place where as LGBTQIA+ artists, we have to fight. We have to support.”
With the amount of success Queer Eye has received throughout the years, Brown is hoping the show can inspire the next generation of creators to reach their full potential.
“We have to show up for each other, because there’s still young trans, nonbinary, gay, lesbian, pan, bisexual people who are artists that are not getting their opportunities. I’m thankful that we’ve been given opportunities, but I know the five of us are always [trying] to continue to open the door for someone behind us or beside us. To honor those that we’re looking at coming up. There’s still work to be done.”
Karamo airs weekdays. Check your local listings here. For the full interview with Karamo Brown, check out the video below.