Well, the news of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. has reached the writers’ room at Saturday Night Live. Officially.
After years of rumours, the BBC announced this week that Drag Race will hop the pond with a new eight-part series set to air in 2019 on BBC Three. SNL predicts one big difference from the American competition.
“A British version of RuPaul’s Drag Race will begin airing next year on the BBC,” said “Weekend Update” anchor Michael Che on last night’s episode. “And because it’s England, their penises will be tucked to the right side.” Schwing!
“Weekend Update” also addressed Kevin Hart’s decision to step down from hosting the 91st Academy Awards amid backlash surrounding his homophobic Twitter history.
“Well, that was short,” Che joked, referring to Hart’s lost gig and poking fun at his height.
“Kevin Hart had to step down as host of the upcoming Academy Awards because of homophobic tweets from 2011,” Che explained. “But didn’t the Academy nominate Mel Gibson for an award just last year?”
“Also, if Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars, then no black comic is,” Che continued, arguably defending the comedian for the sake of setting up this punchline: “The only black comic I know that’s cleaner than Kevin Hart is booked for the next three to 10 years.” Cue the photo of Bill Cosby.
Casting for RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. is currently underway, muthatuckers. The Oscars will be held on February 24, 2019, but a replacement host has not yet been announced.