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RuPaul calls Pangina’s shock exit on Drag Race UK Vs The World ‘gut-wrenching’: ‘I remember the crying’

RuPaul’s jaw dropped as the decision was announced (Picture: BBC Three)

RuPaul has recalled the devastating moment on Drag Race UK Vs The World when fan-favourite Pangina Heals was given the chop, sending shockwaves across the fandom.

On the latest episode of the BBC Three series, the final decision over who would be eliminated came down to Blu Hydrangea, after she won the lip sync against fellow top queen Baga Chipz.

With the other four remaining queens all at risk of going home, Blu astounded everyone on the main stage and behind the judges’ panel when she pulled out the lipstick bearing Pangina’s name, despite the Drag Race Thailand star having been a top contender up to that point.

Speaking on tonight’s Graham Norton Show, RuPaul recollected the tears that Pangina’s departure prompted, as the queen could be heard continuing to cry off-camera after bidding her farewell.

‘I remember the crying – it was tragic because the girls have their hopes up real high. It is gut wrenching when it happens – they have made it this far only to be slashed (from the show) by one of their sisters,’ Ru said.

Describing Drag Race UK Vs The World as the ‘Olympics of drag’, the head judge explained that he had just returned from New Zealand filming another spin-off series of the franchise.

Pangina was in a state of shock when her name was called (Picture: BBC Three)

The judge said that the queens Down Under are ‘different’, adding: ‘A bit more (nurse) Ratched, which is great, and they have a great sense of humour. That is what it is all about and we have so much fun.’

Ru has been a famous drag queen for decades, having released his debut album, Supermodel of the World, in 1993 after gaining renown on the club scene in New York.

Fans’ hearts went out to Pangina as she cried during her exit (Picture: BBC Three)

However, he admitted that he no longer does drag for fun, as it ‘became a job’.

When asked whether he ever does drag for fun nowadays, he replied: ‘No. When I started my friends, and I would go out and party all night long – New York City in the 80s was crazy. Then when I got famous all that ended, and it became a job.’

Following Pangina’s exit from Drag Race UK Vs The World, the queen urged people on Twitter not to send any hate in Blu’s direction for her decision.

Speaking to and other press and how she would recommend dealing with trolls, Pangina said: ‘From my experience of getting so much of it, what I would say to them is nothing. I would only use the block button, because there’s no reason to reason with someone who cannot be reasoned with.’

Addressing Blu’s choice, she added: ‘We all signed up for this, so literally one person has to go home. It happened to be me. Maybe she thought that I was the worst in the challenge then I go home – it has nothing to do with track record, so c’est la vie!’

The Graham Norton Show airs tonight at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Drag Race UK Vs The World returns next Tuesday at 9pm on BBC Three and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.


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