The stars of The Real Friends of WeHo have addressed the recent controversy surrounding the new runtime of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Premiering 20 January on MTV, the show follows the lives of six gay men in West Hollywood: Canada’s Drag Race judge Brad Goreski, singer Todrick Hall, actor Curtis Hamilton, television host Jaymes Vaughan and influencer Joey Zauzig.
The synopsis for The Real Friends of WeHo describes it as an “unfiltered and honest look at a select group of friends living, loving and pursuing their passions in the West Hollywood community.” After the series was announced, it was revealed that the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be shortened from 60 minutes to 40 (without ads) in order to make room, resulting in widespread backlash from fans.
The series is also slotted in-between Drag Race and Untucked, a move that viewers have also criticised. Goreski, who has served as a judge on Canada’s Drag Race since season two, said of the controversy in an interview with Out: “The [Drag Race] fanbase is always super passionate.