Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — “RuPaul's Drag Race” has taken the almost unprecedented step of disqualifying one of the contestants who is set to appear this season.
Sherry Pie, whose non-drag name is Joey Gugliemelli, has been kicked off the show after admitting to catfishing allegations made by several young actors. In one Facebook post by Ben Shimkus on Wednesday, Gugliemelli is accused of having posed under the pseudonym of Allison Mossey and asked Shimkus to “film scenes that felt particularly sexual” for an audition. Later, having sent the tape to Mossey, Shimkus never heard from her again.
On Thursday, BuzzFeed News published a report featuring interviews with Shimkus and four other men who reported strikingly similar experiences. One man said he agreed to allow Gugliemelli to film him masturbating, with the understanding that it was part of the audition process for an HBO series (that did not exist).
“In light of recent developments and Sherry Pie's statement, Sherry Pie has been disqualified from 'RuPaul's Drag Race,'” confirmed a statement from VH1 and the show's producer World of Wonder. “Out of respect for the hard work of the other queens, VH1 will air the season as planned. Sherry will not appear in …
@RuPaulsDragRace Contestant Sherry Pie #Disqualified After Admitting to #Catfishing; #DragRace — Adam B. Vary/@Variety