This is a loaded update, shared by RuPaul himself on Twitter. We're so happy for Michelle Visage, after all, we advocate to always put ourselves first above all others.
But of course we have questions. It's common knowledge that it took years to get Michelle Visage on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She joined the show on the third season, replacing Merle Ginsberg, after she freed herself from her radio contract. She was RuPaul’s first choice to join him as mainstay judge. The show gave her a new platform to restart her career. She even became one of the show's producers.
Assuming that the BBC pilot will turn into a full series, how will this impact her commitments on RuPaul’s Drag Race? Her success in Europe, like BBC Strictly, Ireland's Got Talent and being cast on the musical “Everyone's Talking About Jamie”, has already made her miss a few episodes of the podcast “RuPaul What's The Tee? with Michelle Visage.” With her own series possibly coming to fruition, would she be able to juggle multiple shows in the US (Drag Race, All Stars, Celebrity Edition, etc.) and in Europe?
If you ask us, our answer would be, whichever gives her the best offer and security. If she's happy taking on this new opportunity, do it.
We wish her success and best of luck!
LAX / JFK (RuPaul) — EXCLUSIVE: The BBC is working with World Of Wonder to develop a new show fronted by Michelle Visage after RuPaul's Drag Race UK proved to be a hit with British viewers.
Deadline understands that World Of Wonder has made a pilot for online youth channel BBC Three, mixing a celebrity chat show with a makeover format, under the working title Get Off Your Ass.
The pilot was filmed in late January with Visage hosting. It was overseen by Bruce Mccoy, the executive producer of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.
There is no guarantee that the show will be commissioned for a full series, but the development shows that the BBC is keen to build on the success of Drag Race.
The drag queen format has already been commissioned for a second season by BBC Three after the first generated more than 12M requests last year on the BBC's streaming service, iPlayer.