There has been an outpouring of love and condolences since the tragic death of Glee star, Naya Rivera.
In addition to being a fan favorite on the Fox musical series, Rivera was also known for her roles on Devious Maids and YouTube’s Step Up: High Water. She even sashayed over to the mainstage of RuPaul’s Drag Race for the Season 9 episode, “Good Morning Bitches.”
The episode’s challenge forced the queens to wake up and smell the coffee when they were asked to host their own rival talk shows. The girls were split into two groups and Rivera, who was that week’s extra special guest judge, also swung by their talk shows, promoting her new book, Sorry Not Sorry.
Naya Rivera was truly a light and showed us all how to be unapologetically ourselves. We send our most heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and fans in this difficult time. Rest in peace, #NayaRivera pic.twitter.com/jmkJRFXMKs
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) July 13, 2020
In a clip from the challenge, the actress sits down with the “Not On Today” team—which consisted of Trinity the Tuck, Peppermint, Charlie Hides, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Eureka, and Nina Bo’nina Brown—as they attempt to ask Rivera about being an author, and where the title for her book came from.
Unfortunately, the interview takes an awkward turn when Peppermint and Trinity don’t notice the teleprompter telling them to go to commercial—leaving Charlie to be the one who signs off. And spoiler alert, it’s Charlie who is eventually sent packin’ later this episode.
Earlier this week Peppermint commented on her brief time with Rivera: “I’ve only met her once. On camera during a very stressful time but I’m so heartbroken and upset thinking about her child alone on that boat knowing the inevitable news that comes today,” she tweeted when Rivera’s death was confirmed on Monday, July 13. “Let’s celebrate Naya and her life to lift her and her family up.”
Revisit Rivera’s time on Drag Race in the clip below.