Jacinda Ardern turned down a spot on Drag Race Down Under


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RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under producers offered New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a guest spot on the show, but the leader turned it down.

The Australian and New Zealand edition of the franchise was filmed in Auckland during January and February. It debuted worldwide a few months later.

Hosts RuPaul and Michelle Visage joined Aussie comedian Rhys Nicholson on the judging panel.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the show’s producers really tried to get the leader to drop in during the filming.

Officials emails released under the Kiwi law revealed producers from Warner Bros sent at least four emails to Ardern’s office.

“We’d absolutely love to have Jacinda Ardern appear as a guest judge,” a producer wrote in a December 15 email.

“In fact RuPaul herself [wants] to convey how much of a fan she is of our Prime Minister and all the work she has done, as well as her support for the rainbow community.”

Another email praised Ardern’s “fierce leadership” and described it as “absolutely criminal if we didn’t feature our most faithful Judy” on the show.

According to the Herald, the show’s producers added they “really don’t want to have to ask Judith,” referring to Jacinda’s rival, National Party leader Judith Collins.

Later emails then offered Jacinda a briefer appearance in the werkroom instead.

Ardern’s chief of staff, Andrew Campbell, eventually responded to Drag Race Down Under‘s requests.

He replied the start of the year is a “very busy” time for the PM, who was “juggling various events”.

However, Campbell did wish the team the best and said Ardern and her team “looked forward to watching it”.

New Zealand’s Kita Mean won RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under

New Zealand stars Rena Owen, Suzanne Paul and Rurangi actor Elz Carrad made in-person appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

Taika Waiti, Olivia Newton-John, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, The Veronicas and Aunty Donna also made video appearances.

Ultimately, New Zealand queen Kita Mean was crowned as the first-ever winner of Drag Race Down Under in June.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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