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RuPaul Takes Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Behind the Scenes of “SNL”

“I initially read 40 sketches at the table read..."

More than a week since RuPaul sashayed across the Saturday Night Live stage, we are still not over the fierce and funny turn from the Drag Race host.

And it appears we’re not the only ones.

When Ru swung by Live With Kelly and Ryan Monday to dish about hosting SNL, he and Kelly Ripa, who hosted SNL back in 2003, shared stories about what it’s like being caught up in the chaotic live taping of the show—particularly between sketches.

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“I stand there in my underwear, and they put on all of the clothes, the wigs, everything,” Ru revealed. “And then I just go out. The changes are that fast.”

Ryan Seacrest then asked Ru if there was a specific sketch he got nervous before, but the queen of drag said he doesn’t get nervous anymore because he’s “dead inside.” He also added that they rehearsed everything so many times before the live show, there was no reason to be nervous.

Speaking of sketches, Ru did mention how one of his favorites, “Coal Miner’s Face-Off,” was actually cut “at the last minute.”

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“I initially read 40 sketches at the table [read], and they narrowed that down to nine or eight,” Ru told the Live hosts.

Which SNL staff writer do we talk to about reading these other 30 Ru-centric sketches that were tossed?

Watch his Live With Kelly and Ryan interview below.
 

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 premieres Friday, February 28 at 8/7c on VH1.

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