It’s been over 20 years since RuPaul (born RuPaul Charles) broke ground and barriers with his VH1 talk show, but now the 58-year-old is about to do it again – this time on FOX.
With the 1996 premiere of his first talk show, VH1’s ‘The RuPaul Show,’ Charles became the first openly gay host of a national television program in the United States.
Now, after a two decade absence from the format (despite continuing a successful, Emmy-awarded relationship with VH1 courtesy of the hit show ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’), Ru’s highly anticipated return to daytime talk – simply titled ‘Rupaul’ – will premiere this summer.
Beginning a limited three week test run on June 10, the eponymous venture will be broadcast on select FOX stations across the country.
“Now more than ever before we need a global voice that will help everyday people navigate this unique time in history,” Charles said in a statement. “Not only do I want to be a part of that conversation, I want to help facilitate it.”