Boone, who's asking for $105,000 in damages from Queer Eye LLC, was dumped after only two episodes of Bravo's hit summer show and replaced by Jai Rodriguez (search).
"The producers said that NBC and Bravo had to let me go, that it basically had to do with the fact that the show had a different idea with what they wanted to do with the 'culture guy,' " said Boone, who quit his fulltime job as an ad manager/writer at Metrosource Magazine to join "Queer Eye."
Fans of the show might remember seeing Boone in the second of two "Queer Eye" episodes that debuted July 15 on Bravo, and then again in the episode that aired the following week.
Then, just like that, Boone disappeared and was replaced by Rodriguez who, along with Carson Kressley, Thom Filicia, Ted Allen and Kyan Douglas, has found fame and fortune - including a $1 million "Fab Five" book deal.
"When I see the million-dollar book deal, I have to clench my teeth - that's what I expected to see and [to] be a part of," said Boone, who was paid $6,000 for his two episodes.
Boone's attorney, Ariel Berschadsky, says the show offered "a little bit" of money for Boone to "go away" before he filed suit in U.S. District Court.
Boone's suit alleges that he should have been paid $3,000-per-episode for a "full production year" of 35 episodes - or a total of $105,000.
"We think this is a serious lawsuit and we're willing to go to trial," Berschadsky said.
"If they had sat [Boone] down and said it wasn't working out, we want to offer you X amount of dollars, then everyone leaves happy," he said.
Officials at Queer Eye LLC had no comment.