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Jai Rodriguez (born June 22, 1979 in Brentwood, New York) is an actor and musician best known as the culture guide on the Bravo network's Emmy-winning American reality television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He has also co-authored a book with the other Queer Eye hosts.
He is of Puerto Rican and Italian descent. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is pursuing his music and acting career full time.
Rodriguez is a stage actor and singer known for his roles in the Broadway stage musicals Rent and Zanna, Don't!. In 2003 he became Queer Eye's resident "Culture Vulture", functioning as the show's expert on the topic of culture, and the show's success brought him increased exposure. He was a replacement host for the show's original culture host, but has been part of QE since the third episode.
In August 2005, Rodriguez made a two-day guest appearance on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live.
In November 2005, while Queer Eye was on filming hiatus for two months, he joined the cast of The Producers on Broadway, playing the role of Carmen Ghia. He plays a different role, that of Sabu, in the 2005 Producers movie.
As a singer, Rodriguez has released a single, "Love Is Good", on the indie record label Arrive At Eleven Productions, and is currently working on an album for Airgo Records.
Rodriguez appeared as one of the celebrity singers on the new Fox reality TV show Celebrity Duets, which premiered August 29. Although considered one of the front-runners in the competition, he was later eliminated September 22, 2006.
He also is co-author of the New York Times bestselling book, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (Clarkson Potter).
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In 2004 Queer Eye won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality Program" from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It was also nominated again for that category in 2005.