RuPaul’s Drag Race fans, brace yourselves for a season full of new faces and fresh energy.
The iconic trio of Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela, and Eureka, who led We’re Here to two Emmy wins in its first three seasons, will not return for the upcoming season. But fear not, as three remarkable queens will be taking the reins: Sasha Velour, the winner of Drag Race season 9; Jaida Essence Hall, who claimed victory in season 12 and dazzled in All Stars 7; and Priyanka, the reigning queen of Canada’s Drag Race season 1.
The news, which EW first reported, had show co-creator Johnnie Ingram expressing gratitude to HBO for their commitment to LGBTQ+ storytelling. In an Instagram post, Ingram wrote, “In this increasingly hostile political climate, we are grateful to [HBO] for their dedication to telling LGBTQ+ stories that meet the moment and document our history. We are thrilled to expand our drag family and grateful for and give much-needed love to the people on the front lines of hate.”
Bob, Shangela, and Eureka also issued a joint statement following EW‘s report, expressing their gratitude for the past three seasons of the show. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity we had the past three seasons to travel across the country, share our experiences, and connect with all of the courageous individuals who entrusted us with their stories,” they said. “Our journey has inspired hope and sparked important conversations while empowering unique voices and opening new doors. As we move forward with our exciting individual projects, we welcome Sasha Velour, Priyanka, and Jaida Essence Hall, and wish them the best on continuing this work during an increasingly difficult time for the LGBTQ+ community.”
What is We’re Here All About
In each episode of We’re Here, which first premiered on HBO in 2020, these extraordinary queens embark on a cross-country journey, spreading their vibrant drag culture to the far corners of the United States. Their mission? To unearth hidden gems in small-town America and invite residents to step out of their comfort zones for an unforgettable night of full-on, no-holds-barred drag performances.
However, the series faced controversy when former assistant Daniel McGarrigle accused Shangela of rape in a hotel room in February 2020. Shangela, also known as Darius Jeremy “DJ” Pierce, vehemently denied the allegations after McGarrigle filed a lawsuit. In a statement to EW, Shangela expressed disgust, stating that the claims were personally offensive and perpetuated harmful stereotypes. Shangela clarified that an external investigation had previously found the claims to be baseless, dismissing the latest lawsuit as an attempt to extort both Shangela and the reputable television company.
A premiere date for season four of We’re Here has yet to be announced, but fans can anticipate a thrilling new chapter in the show’s ongoing legacy.
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