The Masked Singer fans are up in arms after the FOX series reportedly unmasked former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani during last week’s taping of the Season 7 premiere. Following the reveal, judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke both walked off stage in protest, both Deadline and TMZ reported, while Jenny McCarthy and Nicole Scherzinger remained on stage to briefly talk with Donald Trump’s former attorney.
Both Jeong and Thicke later did return to the stage, Deadline continued, although it’s unclear how long they stayed off-stage. After reports first surfaced about the scuffle on set, The Masked Singer fans were quick to weigh in on social media about what had gone down. Keep scrolling to see their reactions.
Giuliani has had quite a controversial career, especially in recent years while serving as the personal attorney for former President Trump. Just last year, Giuliani’s home and officer were raided by federal agents as they investigated his work in Ukraine. “Mr. Giuliani respects the law, and he can demonstrate that his conduct as a lawyer and a citizen was absolutely legal and ethical,” his attorney said in a statement after the raid, as per the Associated Press.
Giuliani also was the subject of a controversial scene in the 2020 movie Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, in which he appeared to put his hand down the front of his pants while on a bed near actress Maria Bakalova, who was playing Borat’s teenage daughter, unbeknownst to Giuliani. Following the movie’s release, Giuliani denied any inappropriate behavior, calling the clip a “complete fabrication.”
Then, in June 2021, Giuliani was suspended from practicing law in the state of New York after an appellate court ruled he made “demonstrably false and misleading statements” about Trump’s 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden. Giuliani isn’t the first controversial politician to be tapped for The Masked Singer – former Alaska governor and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was unmasked in Season 3 as Bear. But neither choice made viewers very happy.
Needless to say, people on Twitter were not happy with The Masked Singer for bringing Giuliani onto the light-hearted singing show.
This is an incredibly disturbing stunt.
Rudy Giuliani helped to engineer a coup attempt.
The producers of this show should be ashamed. https://t.co/l9Tuaz3SOm
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) February 3, 2022
Well, #TheMaskedSinger can get cancelled now. Total stupidity to give Rudy a paycheck.
— phqe phqer (@phqer) February 3, 2022
‘Just Lost Me’
Many swore that they would boycott watching the show altogether if Giuliani was, in fact, cast.
If the masked Singer put Rudy Giuliani on that show they just lost me as a viewer.#TheMaskedSinger
— Shawn Scott Stevenson (@ScottyNo_) February 3, 2022
Why would The Masked Singer choose Rudy Giuliani as on it their contestants? I don’t like the show but glad that 2 of the judges walked off on disgust. Although I am surprised Robin Thicke is not. Giuliani fan. #TheMaskedSinger
— Get Vaxed and Wear a Mask (@hilary_blake1) February 3, 2022
Others wondered why in the world The Masked Singer would even attempt to bring on the politician after all the scandals and controversies he’s courted.
— Marie Corfield (@mariecorfield) February 3, 2022
WTF is wrong with #TheMaskedSinger…….Rudy Giuliani?….Really?☹️
— tina (@Loves_TheLord2) February 3, 2022
Another Twitter user thought it was a “massive insult” to the celebrities who have appeared on The Masked Singer before to imply Giuliani was in their ranks. Previous winners on the FOX show include Jewel, LeAnn Rimes, Nick Lachey, Wayne Brady and Kandi Burruss.
Honestly, #TheMaskedSinger was going downhill with every new season, but for a show that prides itself on having top tier celebrities on it, it is a massive insult to every star out there to have it implied that a traitor insurrectionist like Rudy Giuliani ranks among them.
— Scott McKay (@ScottMcKayVA) February 3, 2022
‘On Both Sides’
One Twitter user pointed out that regardless of people’s political opinion, this move from The Masked Singer appears to have angered just about everyone from one angle or another.
I’m seeing some people say they won’t watch #TheMaskedSinger because of Rudy,
and I’m also seeing others saying they won’t watch because two “woke” judges walked off.
Seems like @MaskedSingerFOX gone and pissed people off on both sides with their stunt.
— 𝕂𝕪𝕝𝕖 𝕆𝕣𝕕 (@TheRealKyleOrd) February 3, 2022
The Masked Singer is set to return for its seventh season on FOX on March 9.