20 years after his groundbreaking VH1 talk show ended, RuPaul Charles is getting a second shot at the format. This time around, it’ll be on daytime and on network television. The 58-year-old drag icon will host a talker, aptly title RuPaul, on FOX this summer.
“Now more than ever before we need a global voice that will help everyday people navigate this unique time in history,” Charles said in a statement. “Not only do I want to be a part of that conversation, I want to help facilitate it.”
RuPaul kicks off its limited three-week run on June 10 and will air on select FOX TV stations, including WNYW in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles. Depending on how well it does, this could become a permanent gig for Ru.
“Entertaining and heartfelt in everything he does, the show will feature Charles’ modern take on the talk format,” the network says. “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. Charles’ 20-plus years interviewing and coaching along with his own evolution in music, fashion, style and media will inspire audiences daily.”
RuPaul isn’t the only one getting a summer trial. Jerry O’Connell is as well. This fall, viewers will see the launch of talk shows from Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and Mel Robbins. Who will be the next Oprah and Ellen? Weigh in below after checking out a preview of Ru’s show.
RuPaul Talk Show