Fabulous news for all those who love their drag racing: drag icon RuPaul Charles has just landed his own talk show on daytime TV this June.
Tentatively titled RuPaul, the show will see the noted drag superstar return to the network airwaves 20 years after the cancellation of his earlier VH1 talk program The RuPaul Show. The new series has landed a three-week test run and will air on Fox stations in syndicated markets, including New York and Los Angeles.
“Now more than ever before we need a global voice that will help everyday people navigate this unique time in history,” RuPaul said of the announcement. “Not only do I want to be a part of that conversation, I want to help facilitate it.” Fox VP of programming Frank Cicca echoed RuPaul’s comments. “Part of the appeal of doing limited series is the freedom it allows to try something really different,” he said. “That’s this show.”
Details on the show’s format remain mum, though a press release from Fox did offer some insight. “Entertaining and heartfelt in everything he does, the show will feature Charles’ modern take on the talk format,” it said. “[RuPaul] 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. Charles’ 20-plus years interviewing and coaching along with his own evolution in music, fashion, style and media will inspire audiences daily.”
The show will also boast producer Jill Van Lokeren, longtime producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. The series will also widen RuPaul’s exposure on television, adding to his duties as host of RuPaul’s Drag Race and it’s spin-offs Drag Race All-Stars and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. The new series is set to debut June 10.