RuPaul: My new speak present is all about life, love and laughs


For 11 seasons, “ Drag Race ” host RuPaul has pushed contestants to “sissy that stroll” on his actuality competitors collection.

Now he desires to sissy that speak.

Beginning Monday, the cross-dressing legend will host a syndicated, one-hour every day speak present, aptly titled “RuPaul,” for a three-week take a look at run. And he does all of it in a “free-form” method, he says, from an eye-popping — some would say fabulous — retro-chic studio that includes a summery palate of orange, pink, yellow and purple.

“There’s chairs, we sit down, we speak, however I break format on a regular basis,” he tells The Submit by cellphone from LA, the place the speak present is shot. “We play video games. We do all of it.” “RuPaul” will air in New York on two stations: an unique episode at 7 p.m. on WNYW/Ch. 5 and repeat episodes at 5 p.m. on WWOR/Ch. 9. It’s additionally airing on Fox associates in LA, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Charlotte.

“I’m taken with what persons are doing to encourage themselves daily once they get off the bed,” says RuPaul, 58. “We contact on the entire heavy stuff, however with humor and love and kindness. We do this on ‘Drag Race’ — we cope with some actually heavy stuff there — however within the subsequent breath we’re laughing and joking.

“The subtext to that’s, ‘Don’t take life too critically.’ ”

“RuPaul” is stuffed with positivity from the premiere episode the place the pastel-pink suit-clad host sashays onto the set like a supermodel — by way of, appropriately sufficient, a catwalk. “Everyone say ‘Love!’” he instructs the enthusiastic viewers, who shout it proper again.

In truth, that entrance has a job in pumping up the plenty.

‘Don’t take life too critically.’

“Our runway is sort of a microcosm of the entire world. It actually represents this concept of navigating a path and strolling that path with objective and with enjoyable and with the whole lot you’ll be able to muster up,” he says, including that even the viewers struts into the studio on the catwalk. “I watch every individual stroll down the runway and it’s so very telling about who we’re as a individuals and what every of us can do to raise ourselves increased,” says RuPaul, who beforehand hosted a chat present on VH1 from 1996-98.

After everybody enters the studio, the temper stays usually mild. Within the debut, RuPaul grills “The Late Late Present” host James Corden, the present’s first visitor, about whether or not he “put somewhat sissy” into his stroll the time he occurred upon Queen Elizabeth on a go to to Buckingham Palace.

“I at all times wish to hope that there’s some sass in my stroll, however it wasn’t the widest hall, so I couldn’t actually let the arms go,” Corden responds. Later, he asks “Property Brothers” hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott for his or her opinion on his studio, which Drew calls “enjoyable and vibrant,” earlier than taking part in a guessing recreation wherein he checks how a lot the twins assume alike. (Spoiler alert: Not a lot.)

And RuPaul, who vaulted to fame along with his 1992 dance hit “Supermodel,” additionally permits for his personal private revelations, like the truth that he by no means does karaoke. “I don’t like listening to individuals sing out of tune,” he tells the laughing viewers.

However within the spirit of protecting issues full of affection and light-weight, don’t anticipate any significantly controversial visitors or subjects.

“The truth that an open, black, homosexual man is internet hosting a daytime speak present, I feel that’s fairly controversial sufficient,” he says.