More than just entertainment, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” shines a light on the trials and hardships gay men must endure just for being who they are and for their choice of work as a drag queen.

In the previous eleven seasons only once was a queen disqualified for breaking the rules and was dismissed during the season.

With the third show of season 12 set to air, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and World of Wonder Productions have announced that drag queen Sherry Pie has been disqualified from the show. Having been previously recorded, the show will continue to air out of respect for the other queens on the show. However, Sherry Pie will not be a part of the live grand finale at the end of the series.

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Real name Joey Gugliemelli, was accused of catfishing – creating a fake identity on social media for nefarious purposes – by five men. He posed as a casting director requesting “embarrassing audition tapes of themselves saying and doing degrading things”. Allegedly his victims included former SUNY Cortland classmates and Nebraska theater company colleagues

Buzzfeed broke the original story noting the alleged acts occurred over several years.

Gugliemelli took to Facebook to issue an apology for his actions – “This is Joey, I want to start by saying how sorry I am that I caused such trauma and pain and how horribly embarrassed and disgusted I am with myself. I know that the pain and hurt that I have caused will never go away and I know that what I did was wrong and truly cruel.” He continued, “until being on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant. I learned on that show how important ‘loving yourself’ is and I don’t think I have ever loved myself. I have been seeking help and receiving treatment since coming back to NYC. I truly apologize to everyone I have hurt with my actions.”

He added, “I also want to say how sorry I am to my sisters of season 12 and honestly the whole network and production company. All I can do is change the behavior and that starts with me and doing that work.”

 

photos taken from the RuPaul’s Drag Race Facebook page.