RuPaul delays his climax until next week’s Drag Race reunion

The finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race ended last night without a selection of a winner among finalists Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara, and Sharon Needles, as that decision has been delayed until next week’s reunion, which is either RuPaul sending up that reality TV trope of dragging things out forever or trying to juice ratings and buzz.

The reunion will be taped later this week with a live studio audience, and RuPaul will allegedly take feedback from viewers on Twitter before making his choice. RuPaul said, “The race is so close that I couldn’t resist sharing the excitement of the final crowning moment with an audience of superfans.”

Willam’s disqualification will apparently be addressed on the reunion, and seemed itself to be a publicity stunt to get reunion ratings, and now we have yet another stunt to get people to watch the reunion. Seems desperate–or at least, transparently desperate versus the normal kind of reality TV desperation.

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