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RuPaul’s daytime talkshow has been told to sashay away (sorry, we couldn’t help it) after just three weeks

Reiss Smith January 3, 2020
RuPaul on the set of his talk show.

RuPaul on the set of his talk show. (WoW/YouTube)

The new talk show hosted by RuPaul was more Noprah than Oprah, it appears, as TV bosses have decided not to continue it past an initial three-week trial run.

RuPaul was hoping for another Drag Race-sized hit with his self-titled talk show, a sequel of sorts to his 1990s hit, The RuPaul Show.

Billed as a “modern take on the format”, it saw the drag legend welcome guests including James Corden, Paula Abdul and Adam Rippon

But after a brief trial run, it seems that RuPaul the talk show is just like Asia O’Hara’s butterflies: dead on arrival.

The LA Times reported that Warner Bros, which co-produced the show, has decided not to move forward with the project.

The decision puts RuPaul on a level playing field with the likes of Charlie Hides, Jasmine Masters and Monica Beverely Hillz, queens who were all asked to “sashay away” after just three weeks on screen. Not exactly bad company to be in.

RuPaul is coming to Netflix with AJ and the Queen.

Fortunately the show’s failure is unlikely to put too much of a dent in RuPaul’s star, which has arguably never been brighter than it is right now.

Not content with the global behemoth that is Drag Race, the legendary queen will soon turn her hand to comedy in the new Netflix series, AJ and the Queen.

RuPaul plays a down-on-her-luck drag queen who ends up taking a road-trip across the US with an 10-year-old stowaway in the sitcom, created by Sex and the City‘s Michael Patrick King.

Alongside RuPaul and his child co-star Izzy G, the series will feature cameos from no less than 22 Drag Race queens.

AJ and the Queen stars Bianca del Rio, Katya and Trinity the Tuck.

EW revealed that Drag Race winners Bianca del Rio and Jinkx Monsoon will appear, alongside All Stars victors Chad Michaels and Trinity the Tuck.

Should-be All Stars winners Katya and Manila Luzon will also star in the show, alongside fan favourites Valentina, Latrice Royale, Ginger Minj and Jujubee.

RuPaul has described the series as “edgy” with “some dark themes”.

“This show isn’t about a drag queen in a kids show,” he told Vanity Fair.

“This is about a kid in a drag queen’s show.

“It was something I was eager to explore. To prove to myself that I’m not dead inside. I proved to myself that I could pull those emotions up. It’s intoxicating.”

More: AJ and the Queen, Drag Race, rupaul

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