RuPaul’s World Domination

The unofficial start of the entertainment season is traditionally the Emmy Awards.  This event which honors excellence in television (or, more accurately, any entertainment not in a cinema) is split between two weekends.  First, we have the Creative Arts Emmys, or what Kathy Griffin lovingly calls the Schmemmys.  These are where the bulk of the technical, reality, and “other media” awards are given out.  For the fourth year in a row, RuPaul was the winner for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program – which meant s/he is now tied for most wins in that category with Jeff Probst.  There is a connection between the two, which will be explained in detail next year in my autobiography.

The news for RuPaul keeps getting better.  Drag Race continues its world domination with UK, Thai, and Chilean versions bowing in the near future.  But that’s not all – Drag Race will soon be hitting the Vegas Strip.  Yes, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! will take residency at the Flamingo Hotel from January through August 2020.  The drag divas will be swapping off dates with Paula Abdul in the venue which has been home to Donny and Marie for over a decade.  I have an amusing anecdote tying this all together, but once again, I’m saving that for the book.

All is not rosy in Ru-ville.  Two Drag Race alums got some bad news last week.  We had previously reported that Jinkx Monsoon and Ginger Minj would be headlining a national tour of the musical Xanadu.  The entire tour was scuttled literally two weeks before opening night in Baltimore.  We hear that the high-profile project was not selling well in most cities and, while the producers believed in the venture, they would lose less money by simply calling it off.  Putting on a brave face, the tour is officially “on hold” – but don’t expect it to ever happen.

In anticipation of the UK version of Drag Race, RuPaul was asked whether “cisgender women” would be allowed to compete.  In the live interview, we’re told usually unflappable Ru was…well, flapped, and a producer had to jump in and say that “the show is inclusive because it’s on the BBC”.  After the fact, an e-mail was sent to the interviewer saying that RuPaul has learned “never to say never”.

What I’ve learned is to always share hot photos of scantily clad men on  In this case, they are the Pit Crew from the UK edition of Drag Race.  They are truly delectable.

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