The Masked Singer judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke walked off the stage in protest after a Donald Trump aide was revealed as a season 7 contestant.
Warning! SPOILERS for The Masked Singer season 7 below!
The Masked Singer season 7 judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke were not happy to see Rudy Giuliani standing on their stage, which prompted them to walk off in protest. Fox promoted TMS season 7 as featuring a cast composed of “the good, the bad, and the cuddly” – which seems very fitting now that its first contestant has been unmasked. Giuliani was one of the main Donald Trump aides during the 2020 elections who made false and misleading claims about voter fraud after the former president was defeated by Joe Biden. The former New York City mayor led a legal team to challenge the election results and, as expected, did not succeed.
Giuliani’s reckless and damaging claims not only angered the millions of Americans who voted in favor of Joe Biden, but also the general public and the media. Over the years, The Masked Singer has featured a few controversial politicians and political aides as contestants on the show. Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was a contestant on the singing competition show in season 4. The politician, who performed “Baby Got Back” by Sir-Mix-a-Lot, is in the middle of a trial in which she requested the jury to not see her The Masked Singer performance.
While the judges seemed confused by Palin’s appearance, they had an even stronger reaction to Rudy Giuliani now being unmasked as a contestant in season 7. According to Deadline, the former NYC mayor was unmasked during the filming of The Masked Singer season 7 episode 1 and caused Ken and Robin to walk off stage in protest immediately after Giuliani was revealed. Fellow judges Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger remained onstage having a conversation with Giuliani, as they were likely uncertain about how to react to his reveal. According to this report, the other judges eventually returned to the stage to resume their duties.
This news comes only a few years after Tom Bergeron faced a lot of backlash as the host of Dancing With The Stars for disagreeing with the casting of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The then-host believed that DWTS should stay away from politics and claimed that he would have had the same opinion even if a democratic politician had been cast on the show. Tom’s opinion is shared by many fans of reality competitions who watch these shows for their entertainment value and to forget about all the chaos going on in the world. It has not been revealed which TMS costume Giuliani was in or whether he had any conversation with Ken and Robin at all.
After Giuliani’s direct involvement in Trump’s false claims throughout the 2020 election, it is very understandable that Ken and Robin did not want to see him on The Masked Singer. While it’s still unclear what Jenny and Nicole were thinking at the time, their reactions once the episode will certainly be shown once this episode airs. Wanting to keep these competition shows politics-free is an understandable desire as it tends to ruin the typical lightheartedness of reality TV. Hopefully, Fox will learn from Ken and Robin and avoid casting such problematic political figures in future seasons.
The Masked Singer season 7 premieres March 9 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.
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