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How Kelly Ripa’s Love For Fire Island Inspired Logo’s Newest Reality Series

"Fire Island" premieres April 27 at 8/7c on Logo.

Last night Fire Island was brought to the island of Manhattan, when the cast of Logo’s new reality series Fire Island celebrated the series launch with a premiere party and screening at Atlas Social Club in Hell’s Kitchen.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  (L-R) Khasan Brailsford, Jorge Bustillos, Patrick McDonald, Cheyenne Parker, and Justin Russo attend Logo TV Fire Island Premiere Party at Atlas Social Club on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for VH1 & Logo Communications)
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Guests sipped on “The Fire Island,” a take on the Blue Whale’s infamously heady Planter’s Punch. There were even beach balls and towels from the Fire Island house to help transport attendees to the gay getaway.

All six cast members—Brandon, Cheyenne, Jorge, Justin, Khasan and Patrick—reunited to watch the first episode and reminisce about their favorite memories from their summer in the Pines. “Participating in Miss Cherry’s [drag competition] as Poly Cockit,” Patrick told NewNowNext. “I think I slayed it.”

 

 
Other housemates singled out moments like watching the sunset on the beach, or impromptu weekend parties. “Labor Day weekend. All of us were in the pool, we had about 12 guests in the house—plus the boys and we had the music going,” said Justin. “That is my personal idea of paradise.”

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Cheyenne Parker and Justin Russo attend Logo TV Fire Island Premiere Party at Atlas Social Club on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for VH1 & Logo Communications)
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For Cheyenne, it was just being able to call five former strangers his new friends.

“They’re like brothers to me now, I wouldn’t trade that for the world,” said Cheyenne. “It’s very difficult in the gay community already to acclimate and make friends. It can be tough, so finding those friends so rapidly over one summer was a true joy for me.”

Instahunk Max Emerson, comedian Matteo Lane and Drag Race queen Peppermint were among the familiar faces at the bash, along with daytime queen Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos, who are among Fire Island’s executive producers.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Matteo Lane and Max Emerson attend Logo TV Fire Island Premiere Party at Atlas Social Club on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for VH1 & Logo Communications)
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Ripa revealed she’s been going out to Fire Island for “many, many years” and always feels at home the minute they stepped off the ferry.

She called the show, which premieres April 27 “fantasy viewing.”

“If there’s a Season Two maybe daddy will buy us a house [in the Pines],” she joked, gesturing to Consuelos.

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend Logo TV Fire Island Premiere Party at Atlas Social Club on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for VH1 & Logo Communications)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Jorge Bustillos and Kelly Ripa attend Logo TV Fire Island Premiere Party at Atlas Social Club on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for VH1 & Logo Communications)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Cheyenne Parker, Jorge Bustillos and Khasan Brailsford attend Logo TV Fire Island Premiere Party at Atlas Social Club on April 20, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for VH1 & Logo Communications)
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Fire Island premieres Thursday, April 27 at 8/7c on Logo.

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