Jonathan Van Ness Accused of Anger Issues and Emotional Abuse on ‘Queer Eye’

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Jonathan Van Ness is being accused of having major anger issues on set that caused many on the set of Queer Eye to experience fear due to their outbursts.

According to a Rolling Stone exposé published Tuesday reveals that many saw the cast member in anger filled situations.

“[There’s] a real emotion of fear around them when they get angry,” a source, who worked with the Netflix star, told the publication.

“It’s almost like a cartoon where it oozes out of them. It’s intense and scary.”

The insider claimed the Van Ness, 36, would have a screaming match ‘once a week’ noting the star would often quite be a ‘yeller.’

Other sources reportedly used words like “monster,” “nightmare,” and “demeaning” to describe Van Ness.

Rolling Stone cites at least three people felt Van Ness was emotionally “abusive” and had “rage issues.”


Jonathan Van Ness poses for a mirror photo.
Jonathan Van Ness poses for a mirror selfie. Photo: JVN/Instagram

According to the report, fellow cast members and crew were among the ones who felt the beating.

Netflix executives apparently had a meeting with Van Ness over the alleged misconduct on set, but the report notes that not much change came from the discussion.

“There’s no accountability at all,” one insider claimed. Sources also told Rolling Stone that Van Ness’ alleged behavior also trickled down to other cast members.

'Queer Eye' cast members Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Tan France, and Bobby Berk pose for a selfie on set. Photo: JVN/Instgram

“When he comes on set, everything changes if he’s in a bad mood,” a source explained. “Working with him is very difficult in any capacity.”

Another source added, “How is it not obvious to everybody that none of these people are friends? None of them. They don’t hang out socially. They live very different lives.”


Tension rose among the members of the Fab Five including Karamo Brown, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Antoni Porowski.

Earlier this year, Berk, 42, confirmed he had been feuding with France, 40, behind the scenes.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MAY 11: (L-R) Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness attend Netflix’s ‘All Out: A Night of Pride’ at Heart Weho on May 11, 2023 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Netflix)

“There was a situation, and that’s between Tan and I, and it has nothing to do with the show,” told Berk to Vanity Fair in January.

“It was something personal that had been brewing — and nothing romantic, just to clarify that.”

Brown, 43, also disclosed that he, Berk, and Van Ness did not get an invite to Porowski’s bachelor party.

“Listen, I’m all about being real and being upfront. We weren’t invited,” the self-help guru said on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” in September 2023.

However, he appeared to downplay the ordeal, adding, “Here’s the thing, when it comes to family things like that — family things, weddings — it costs money so I don’t take offense to it.”

“There was absolutely tension between everybody else,” a production source told Rolling Stone before emphasizing, “especially from Jonathan Van Ness.”

“He didn’t want to ever share the spotlight with anyone,” the insider claimed. “There were times when we couldn’t even shoot scenes with certain members of the Fab Five together because it got so bad.”

One insider went on to even claim that the star is not who he is specifically on camera.

“As much good as he wants to do in the world, I think a lot of it is very hypocritical,” an insider said.

“There’s a definite contrast between the principles and the values that Jonathan stands for publicly. They’re really centered around having this warmth, love, and care for other people.

The source continued, “There’s a real contrast between that and the way that they treat the people who are closest to them across the board. It’s the opposite of what this person is touted and paid to be.”

One insider went out to say there are several layers to Van Ness, which include them having the capacity to be “very warm, very charismatic” and having the ability to make someone “feel really special.”

The insider concludes, though, “But at least once a day, they would need to yell at somebody.

“It might be something small, but there’s always going to be somebody to point out and blame and make the villain of the day.”

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