After hearing why Trixie Mattel, Bianca Del Rio, and Bob the Drag Queen weren’t on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7, fans have now finally learned Alaska’s reasons as to why she isn’t on the all-winners season.
After being a finalist on Drag Race season five and winning All Stars 2 – considered by many fans as the best season of Drag Race ever – Alaska seemed like a shoo-in contestant for this long-rumored all-winners edition of the show. She is also arguably one of the biggest fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race to this day, so it was clear that she would’ve said “yes” to coming back if production gave her a call. But when it was announced that Alaska wasn’t cast on All Stars 7, numerous fans were puzzled as to why she wasn’t included in the season.
The All Stars 2 winner explained:
“I was very apprehensive going into [this season]. Because when I wasn’t asked to be on it, I was very, very emotional and I was very, very hurt and sad by that. So, I was like, ‘Is this going to be too hard? Is it going to be really difficult for me to even watch and talk about it?’ And I just have to say that it’s really so incredible, and I’m so glad that this is happening, and I’m so glad that this is happening with these girls. [With] the energy of ‘nobody is going home,’ everyone is just [delivering] f*cking home run after home run.”
Whether she was being facetious or not, Willam offered a theory as to why Alaska wasn’t asked to be on this all-winners edition of the show:
“You know what I’ve deduced, though? About them not asking you to be on it? They want you competing against Sharon Needles, and Sharon Needles is not allowed on TV right now because people would scream and protest. So, once she is allowed on TV again, maybe in a few years, you’ll be back to compete with her. Because they want that personal relationship between you two on display. They want to milk it. They want to use your personal relationship. And they can’t do that right now, so that’s why you were not asked to be there.”
With the huge success and growth of Race Chaser, Alaska and Willam have started the MOM (Moguls of Media) network of podcasts that includes shows from Jinkx Monsoon (Hi Jinkx!), Raja (Very That alongside Delta Work), and Jaida Essence Hall (Hall & Closet alongside Heidi N Closet).
With Alaska being a producer on all of those shows, she was likely kept updated by her podcasting peers that they were cast on All Stars 7 while she herself didn’t get a call.
It is clear that Alaska is happy for her sisters who did get on All Stars 7. As a former winner and big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, however, Alaska undoubtedly wanted to be a part of this all-winners season. Nonetheless, fans now know what happened behind the scenes for Alaska not to get cast on All Stars 7.