Host shake-up rumoured for RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under

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A Drag Race superstar has added fuel to rumours that RuPaul is stepping down as host of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

The next batch of Australian queens on Down Under‘s upcoming season 4 flew to New Zealand on Friday (February 16) to start filming in Auckland.

But rumours are swirling that RuPaul is passing the baton to someone else in a big shake-up for the show.

It appears Ru hasn’t left enough time to film the entire eight-episode season in Auckland before his book tour in the US begins.

RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Willam co-hosts the Race Chaser recap podcast with fellow star Alaska. Last week, the pair discussed RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs the World, which is currently streaming and stars Down Under runner-up Hannah Conda.

Willam then dropped a curious bit of tea out of the blue.

“Those Australian girls already know [RuPaul] because she judged down there,” Willam said.

“But not anymore, she’s leaving and that’s tea. You heard it from Race Chaser.”

Co-host Alaska then helpfully suggested listeners “take that with a grain of ketamine”.

RuPaul is heading to New Zealand

However this month, New Zealand queer news outlet Your Ex also addressed the gossip about RuPaul’s future as host on the show.

Discussing Ru’s scheduling issue, the reliable Kiwi outlet spoke with Down Under insiders and confirmed in a carefully worded article, “Ru will indeed still be touching down in NZ to film the show.”

RuPaul, Michelle Visage and Aussie judge Rhys Nicholson have hosted all three previous seasons of Down Under.

As for Rhys, the comedian has a Drag Race-shaped hole in their touring schedule. They wrapped up a string of tour dates in Perth on February 11 and Rhys is not due back in Brisbane until March 13.

We’ll find out exactly what is changing when RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under arrives in Australia on Stan later this year.

The season four lineup will also drop in the coming months. We reckon a second Brisbane queen is finally appearing on the show, after Beverly Kills in season two.

Rhys Nicholson celebrates Drag Race’s 15th birthday

Earlier this month, Rhys Nicholson posted a tribute to RuPaul’s Drag Race to celebrate the franchise’s 15th anniversary.

“Happy 15th birthday @rupaulsdragrace. Now you’re old enough to hop on Reddit and complain about production lighting,” Rhys wrote.

“Thank you for changing my life with the best job a girl could ask for and paying me to sit and watch my favourite thing from one of the best seats in the house.”


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Read more on Drag Race Down Under:

Drag Race Down Under season 4 to start filming in Auckland

Hannah Conda had to skip WorldPride to return to Drag Race

NZ queens want Drag Race Down Under filmed in Australia too

Down Under star tipped to return for new Global All Stars

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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