Let us guess: Your Facebook feed is blowing up with upset bartenders and gay bar owners lamenting the fact that RuPaul’s Drag Race has abruptly moved to Friday nights on VH1.
In an exclusive report published earlier today, Entertainment Weekly broke the news that the Emmy-winning reality show’s ninth season will premiere Friday, March 24th at 8pm.
Encore presentations will be shown on Logo, which has left some fans wondering whether the gay network will sashay away following the departure of its flagship series.
— Steven Felix (@steven_btw) March 1, 2017
Pamela Post, LOGO’s SVP of original programming and development, told VH1:
“Coming off RuPaul’s Emmy win and a ratings record-breaking season of All Stars, the fandom around RuPaul’s Drag Race has only continued to swell as we head into season nine.
Broadcasting the show on VH1 will allow more fans to experience the energy, heart, and talent these fierce queens bring to the stage every week.”
It’s admittedly a rather odd choice to move the show to 8pm on Friday nights, when most of the show’s key demographic will presumably have better things to do than sit in front of the TV.
Fridays? vh1? RUPAUL? What is UP https://t.co/YJbN1W2Nn4
— Me, Stacy (@SilverStGroud) March 1, 2017
Starting Sunday, March 19th, Logo will be airing a nonstop marathon of previous episodes “in anticipation of the ninth season.”
Of course RuPaul's Drag Race is moving to VH1. Straight people gentrify everything queer people and POC create. #rupaulsdragrace
— Sammy Taylor (@samuel_hudson) March 1, 2017
An unscientific survey suggests thousands of fans (and bar managers) are reacting to the shakeup with decidedly mixed emotions: