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Former 'Drag Race' star blacklisted from show after going public

Pearl explains what happened between him and Rupaul on season seven of All-Stars.
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Pearl -- YouTube

Pearl, a former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant has come forward to talk about how he feels he's been blacklisted from any further appearances on the reality show because of comments he made about its famous host. 

Season seven finalist, Pearl was recently on the talk show Hey Qween where he spilled the tea on what he says he experienced on the popular show. 

"We were filming a segment, just kind of chatting, bantering together," he said. "Then the camera went down for a moment, and I turned to RuPaul and said, ‘Oh my god, I just wanna say thank you so much, like, it’s such an honor to be here, such a pleasure to meet you,’ just giving her everything I ever wanted to say. She turned to me and said, ‘Nothing you say matters unless that camera is rolling.’

"That broke my spirit, and that is the reason why I had one foot in, one foot out the entire time I was on that show. Maybe that was me being petty, maybe that was me thinking it should’ve been something I never should’ve expected it to be, but in that moment, it was so heartbreaking because I idolized her, I worshipped her, and I felt like it was so disrespectful… so Hollywood, rotted and gross. How could you say that to someone who’s just, like, obsessed with you?"

Following that bombshell, Pearl made a YouTube video to explain further. Pearl says that after he went public about the exchanges he had with Ru, a producer contacted him and said he "will never come back and do All Stars."

She adds: "I was never dumb enough to think that I’d be invited back to All Stars and I was definitely not gunning for it at all, but to openly punish me for being honest about a situation that happened with me after four years of silence is disgusting and shameful."

The video continues: "Drag Race catapults a few of us to some major success, but what about the other drag queens that are on Drag Race who are getting daily death threats, or the ones that completely quit doing drag altogether, or the ones who are reduced to “who?!” by you guys online because they haven’t reached a level of success that you expect…"

"On a positive note," Pearl says in the end, "I do think that my time on the show, and my experience, opened up an alternative idea of how a drag queen is “supposed to act”, thus allowing future contestants to be as introverted or cerebral as what feels natural to them.”