Netflix's The Ultimatum: Queer Love is fast becoming our new reality TV addiction. It's messy, dramatic and occasionally full of heartwarming moments. However, whilst Netflix viewers have been loving the return of the series there is one part of the series they're not so keen on.
The Ultimatum: Queer Love sees five female and non-binary couples break up after one half of each couple offers an ultimatum of marriage. After breaking up they have the opportunity to see if they can find love with the other cast members and pair up. By the end of the experiment they then must decide to stick with their original partner, move on with someone new or leave the experiment single.
This series features an all queer cast, in contrast to the first season which featured heterosexual couples. With a new cast and format, many viewers expected a queer host to front the series (Love Is Blind's Nick and Vanessa Lachey hosted the first series). However, fronting this series is actor JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who clarified to the cast early on that she does not identify as queer.
The cast seem to be getting on well with Swisher, who joins them when they have to make decisions for who they want to pair up with. However, viewers on social media are a little confused as to why a queer host wasn't selected to host the series.
One person asked: "And why didn’t they find a queer host for The Ultimatum: Queer Love??"
Another said: "Annoyed that the host of The Ultimatum isn’t queer ?? Like it’s a show about the queer experience but ????"
And another said: "Okay but why wouldn’t they hire a queer host for The Ultimatum: Queer Love???"
and why didn’t they find a queer host for the ultimatum: queer love??
— Abigail Freeman (@AbigailNFreeman) May 27, 2023
Annoyed that the host of the ultimatum isn’t queer ?? Like it’s a show about the queer experience but ????
— suzé (@suze_baby) May 24, 2023
okay but why wouldn’t they hire a queer host for The Ultimatum: Queer Love???
— Shayna Nicolay (@ShaynaNicolay) May 30, 2023
Since the viewers' response, series producer Chris Coelen has revealed to Variety it was Netflix's choice to swap Nick and Vanessa Lachey for Swisher and he thinks the decision works for the series.
"It was really Netflix’s idea to have her and have a different host than Nick and Vanessa Lachey, who will be back for the next season of 'Marry or Move On.'" Chris said, "I think was a good idea to have a different person. I think one of the big takeaways for me about this, or any of these shows that we do, is that we’re all human beings."
Chris also aded: "I don’t think that you have to be completely aligned, identity-wise with someone, to be able to empathise with them, to be able to care about them, to be able to ask them questions, to be able to relate to them."
JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who is perhaps most well known for her role on Netflix's Sweet Magnolias said she was really proud to be part of the series, calling it "so special and so important."
Speaking to PopSugar she said: "The job itself, as a host, was a new one for me, but it was so exciting, and I was so proud to be a part of a show that celebrates queer relationships.
"It really opens up the door to look a little bit deeper into the dynamics of queer relationships, as well as the challenges."
The first eight episodes of The Ultimatum: Queer Love are available on Netflix now
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