It's official. We're weeks away from another season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, and the drama sounds intense. But some unrelated drama has apparently gotten a previous Drag Race contestant blacklisted from any future season of All Stars.
Season seven finalist, Pearl recently appeared on Hey Qween, where she opened up about her "flazé da" demeanor during the show.
"We were filming a segment, just kind of chatting, bantering together. Then the camera went down for a moment, and I turned to RuPaul and said, ‘Oh my god, I just wanna say thank you so much, like, it’s such an honor to be here, such a pleasure to meet you,’ just giving her everything I ever wanted to say. She turned to me and said, ‘Nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling.’ That broke my spirit, and that is the reason why I had one foot in, one foot out the entire time I was on that show. Maybe that was me being petty, maybe that was me thinking it should’ve been something I never should’ve expected it to be, but in that moment, it was so heartbreaking because I idolized her, I worshipped her, and I felt like it was so disrespectful… so Hollywood, rotted and gross. How could you say that to someone who’s just, like, obsessed with you?"
Following her statement, fans and other contestants have shared their own opinions on the host. Many have even come to Pearl's defense. In a recent YouTube video, Pearl has clarified her own stance and an update on the drama.
She starts by calling out some of the more sensational depictions of her statement in the media. She then goes on to explain that she hopes her statement will help prepare other future contestants. She also asks that fans refrain from trolling Ru on social media.
"RuPaul is not gonna change," she says. "She's the kind of person who doesn't really seem to have anything to gain, lose, or learn in this world. She's kind of this wealth of knowledge and this beacon of hope. So, it's not like RuPaul is going to call me, apologizing. I mean, honestly if you think something, anything remotely close to that is going to happen, it absolutely will not happen."
In fact, she explains that someone else from the show reached out, but not with an apology.
“If you wanna know the real T, I had a producer from RuPaul’s Drag Race call me after the interview aired and guaranteed me that I would never come back and do All Stars. Now, I was never dumb enough to think I would be invited back for All Stars, and I was definitely not gunning for it at all, but to openly punish me for being honest about a situation that happened with me after four years of silence is disgusting and shameful. This narrative about how we, Drag Race contestants, owe our lives to RuPaul’s Drag Race, that needs to completely change. I’m very sorry to inform you, but I’m finally at the place in my life where I am confident enough to know that I would have been somebody with or without Drag Race.”
Watch Pearl's full video below: