Shantay you stay: RuPaul confirmed to host Saturday Night Live next month 2 years ago

Shantay you stay: RuPaul confirmed to host Saturday Night Live next month

You better work.

... To ensure that this episode of SNL is top notch.


Next month, RuPaul Charles will be hosting his very first episode of Saturday Night Live, making it fairly likely that February 8 will be filled with drag queens, lip syncs, and plenty of sashaying.

(And the General Election, lest you forget.)

The drag icon will be hitting up the NBC studio to promote his new Netflix show, AJ and the Queen, all the while taking us on a journey of self discovery to determine who among us truly does have the most Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent.

He'll also be engaging in a few sketches too and doing some pieces-to-camera, as per the SNL format.


The news of Ru's hosting was announced this week, alongside word that Justin Bieber would be joining him in the studio to belt out some new music including 'Yummy.'

Decent enough vibe all round then.

RuPaul's Drag Race co-star Michelle Visage celebrated the news this week on social media, saying: "This. Is NOT. A drill. @nbcsnl @rupaulofficial hosting !! RU IS HOSTING SNL! FINALLY! OMFGGGGG."


Same, tbh.

Ru had previously met SNL producer Lorne Michaels backstage at the Emmys in 2018. On his podcast, he recalled having a conversation with Michaels that did appear to suggest a hosting gig would be in the pipeline.

According to RuPaul, Michaels said: "I'm a fan of your work. Congratulations. We’ll continue this conversation real soon."

RuPaul's Drag Race is currently in its 11th season, having recently been renewed for a 12th and 13th.


The reality show has amassed a cult following around the world, with several spin off series also being produced including RuPaul's Drag Race UK, RuPaul's Drag Race Thailand, and RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. 

All 11 seasons of the main show are currently available to stream on Netflix.

RuPaul's episode of SNL will air in the States on February 8.