The queen of all queens might become the next queen of daytime TV.
Last summer Variety reported that RuPaul was filming a talk show pilot for Telepictures, the Warner Bros. production company behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show and—for all of you ’90s kids out there—The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Now we get the first taste of what the chat fest will be like in a new clip from the talk show, featuring Ru walking the lit-up runway, and telling the everybody in the audience to “say love!”
We feel like we’ve heard that before. Is anyone else getting Déjá Ru?
According to Deadline, the talk show—appropriately titled, RuPaul—will be “entertaining, heartfelt,” and feature Ru’s “modern take on the talk format.”
“He will showcase his aspirational message with celebrity and newsmaker interviews, along with empowering everyday people to become their best selves. His sense of beauty, make-up and style will make the runway work for everyone,” reads the series description
“Now more than ever before we need a global voice that will help everyday people navigate this unique time in history,” said Ru. “Not only do I want to be a part of that conversation, I want to help facilitate it.”
RuPaul will premiere June 10, and will air Monday through Friday on select Fox TV stations, including WNYW in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles, as a three-week test run limited series.
“Part of the appeal of doing limited series is the freedom it allows to try something really different. That’s this show,” ddded Frank Cicha, EVP, Programming, FOX Television Stations. RuPaul will be executive produced by Jill Van Lokeren (who worked on The Oprah Winfrey Show) and World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell, who are also producers on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
According to Variety, Ru will host, and “bring his unique, positive and aspirational point of view to the format, interviewing celebrities, giving beauty and glam tips, playing games, and dishing on pop culture.” The trade paper also reports that the glamazon’s show will not contain cooking or exercise segments, but his closest squirrel friend, Michelle Visage, is “expected to play a major role.”
The description of the series is giving us serious RuPaul Show vibes, which was Ru and Michelle’s late-night talk show that ran on VH1 for two seasons from 1996-1998.
We are surprised that Ru has any time left in his schedule. In addition to hosting RuPaul’s Drag Race, he is also starring in a new Netflix series, AJ and the Queen, judging World’s Best on CBS, and hosting Drag Race U.K., which is set to premiere later this year
Honestly, the more RuPaul on our TVs the better, and we can’t wait until the Supermodel of the World is telling daytime audiences nationwide: “Everybody say love!”
Watch the new clip below.
RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Thursdays at 9/8c on VH1.