The RuPaul Show

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The RuPaul Show
Logo of the show
Genre Talk show/Variety
Directed by Joe Palagreco
Mike Simon
Presented by RuPaul
Michelle Visage
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 100
Executive producer(s) Fenton Bailey
Randy Barbato
Lauren Zalaznick
Location(s) New York City, New York
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Original channel VH1
Original release October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12) – September 23, 1998 (1998-09-23)

The RuPaul Show is an American talk/variety show that premiered on VH1 in 1996. Hosted by drag performer, RuPaul, the show had many famous musical guests and was notable as being one of the first national television programs in the United States hosted by an openly gay host. Former singer turned radio personality, Michelle Visage was the show's co-host.


The show features RuPaul interviewing various celebrity guest ranging from musicians, actors, and pop culture figures. In addition to interviews, the series also featured comedy skits, and comedic field reports. RuPaul would also perform his favorite songs along with two male dancers.

Diana Ross made a rare appearance on the show. Diana has always been a muse for RuPaul including lyrics from Diana's "It's My House" song from her album, "The Boss" in "House of Love" on her debut album, referencing Diana once again in the song and video in "Back to My Roots". Ru also covered Diana's co-penned "Work that Body" on her 1996. "Foxy Lady" album. In her first biography, Ru tells of meeting Diana on a flight. And then, Ru co-starred in the Diana Ross music video for her 1995 cover of "I Will Survive".

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