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Who pays for Bobby Berk's interior design makeovers on 'Queer Eye'?

An investigation.

By: Angelique Thompson

If you didn't already know, the Fab Five are finally back on our screens for a second season of Queer Eye and naturally, we've spent all of our free time watching eight new emotional transformations.

This season, the talented Antoni Porowski (food & wine), Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion), headed into Georgia to hit up not-so-stylish members of the community that are in need of an all-round transformation — and they didn't disappoint.

So, after laughing and crying through various mind-blowing wardrobe and interior design revamps, there's one question we can't quite figure out. Who pays for the makeovers on Queer Eye?

If you believe that furniture items are simply on loan to shoot each renovation, then think again.

In a recent interview with Architectual Digest, Bobby explained that he often had to pre-design every home and worked seven days a week, unlike other members of the Fab Five.

"While my Fab brothers often had three to four days off a week, some weeks, depending on what we were building, I worked seven days a week," Bobby said.

"I do have to do some pre-design work on these. There's no way, especially in Atlanta, that I can just make all that happen in that week. I have to pick the direction we're going for and order the main pieces of furniture."

The interior design pro also described how there would be 20-30 people working on a location at once, so it seems hard to believe several days of design and construction work were only for temporary use.

Unsurprisingly, users of Reddit are asking the same question, and it looks like they may have found a pretty convincing answer.

"They have sponsors. At the beginning of every episode you can see a disclaimer in the left top corner saying the show has product placement. Like IKEA, Lacoste, I think Mountain Dew, all the brands you see featured in the show. So I do believe the show pays for everything."

Another user confirmed this statement, revealing that "they get a lot of furniture from IKEA (I'm a former coworker. I can spot it like a hawk) so the room makeovers were probably way less than you would expect."

Makes sense, right?!