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RuPaul’s Talk Show Is Cancelled But His Netflix Series Is Still On

RuPaul on his talk show.

And he gave a small indication of 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' will finally end.

MikelleStreet

RuPaul is a very busy man. Extremely! And we all know this. Well, now he gets to offload at least one project.

In the final two paragraphs of a new feature that appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the journalist writes in what seems like a throwaway: "In a rare setback, RuPaul hosted a daytime talk show in a three-week trial run last summer, but studio Warner Bros. will not be moving forward with the project."

In April 2019, the talk show was announced as the star's "modern take on the talk format." It was a nod back to some of Ru's origins as he hosted The RuPaul Show on VH1 in 1996 -- that was the more successful endeavor of the two projects.

On RuPaul, the likes of James Corden, Cory Booker, Adam Rippon as well as three of the reigning beauty queens -- Miss America 2019, Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, and Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaliegh Garris -- all made appearances. The episodes have since been uploaded to YouTube.

But when one door closes, another opens. While Ru won't have the talk show this January, he is launching his new scripted Netflix series AJ and the Queen. It features him as a down-on-her-luck drag queen babysitting a teenaged girl on a roadtrip across America. One of the best parts, arguably: it will see Ru return to stage, performing a musical number every episode. Plus there's a ton ofRuPaul's Drag Racecontestants cast in the project.

Oh, and about Drag Race, as we already know, that's expanding as well. This eyar will see an unprecedented amount of Drag Race on television with the original U.S.-based version as well as a variety of spinoffs: RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Raceis expected to debut, RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars will return, as will Drag Race Thailand andRuPaul's Drag Race U.K., and we are also expecting to see Canada's Drag Race. Talk about a full schedule.

Are you wondering when it will all end? Well, the L.A. Times has an answer for that too. Kind of.

"I'm going to keep doing it 'til the wheels fall off this ..." Ru told the paper -- they omitted an expletive but we've got a pretty good idea. "What I love about what drag has offered me is the ability to be creative in this way. That's my passion. That's what I live for."

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.