RuPaul: I’m ready for a UK version of Drag Race

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Drag artist RuPaul has backed a British version of reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Presenter Jonathan Ross revealed earlier this year that he was working on a UK version of the show, which would feature RuPaul and DJ Jodie Harsh.

Speaking to DragOfficial, Michelle Visage, who serves as a judge on the US show, said of Ross: “He’s a huge fan of the show and he believes what I believe – that people want you.

“The people don’t want another drag queen, 100%. And when I told him that you were down to do it, he was like ‘What?! This changes everything. Absolutely!’

“This is the way it’s supposed to be…. There’s a huge following that they don’t want anybody else – they want Ru. And the the third person would be that Brit who would tie it all together. You. Me. Third Brit.”

RuPaul said: “Let’s do it! I’m ready for it. I’m ready for it… so, what’s the next step? He’s got to pitch it to a network?”

Jonathan Ross is currently contracted to ITV until the end of 2014, meaning that if he is personally involved in the show, it is unlikely to enter production before 2015.

The drag competition reality show had in March attracted criticism for a segment in which contestants were asked to guess from a photo whether someone was a ‘biological’ or ‘psychological’ woman, using a trans slur.

Following the criticism, TV network Logo decided to pull the episode off all platforms, and committed to not use slurs in future episodes.

RuPaul recently defended the use of slurs on the show. saying: “Don’t you dare tell me what I can do or say. It’s just words. You know what? Bitch, you need to get stronger.”