HBO is replacing the hosts of We’re Here ahead of Season 4, according to a new report.
Insiders tell Entertainment Weekly that drag queens Sasha Velour, Jaida Essence Hall, and Priyanka will be joining Season 4 as hosts, replacing Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela, and Eureka, who have hosted the last three seasons. HBO later confirmed the casting news.
“In this increasingly hostile political climate, we are grateful to [HBO] for their dedication to telling LGBTQ+ stories that meet the moment and document our history,” show co-creator Johnnie Ingram wrote on Instagram after EW first broke the casting news. “We are thrilled to expand our drag family and grateful for and give much needed love to the people on the front lines of hate.”
Allegations against Shangela
As Entertainment Weekly points out, the HBO show has gone relatively drama-free until news broke in late 2022 that a former assistant on the series had accused Shangela of rape.
According to a report at the time, Daniel McGarrigle had made the accusations in court documents, an allegation that Shangela, an alum of Dancing With The Stars and the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise, denied.
“They are personally offensive and perpetuate damaging stereotypes that are harmful not only to me but also to my entire community,” reads a statement from Shangela, released to EW in response to the allegations. “An external investigation into this embittered individual’s claims previously concluded that they were completely without merit. This newest filing is nothing but an attempt to shake down both me and a well-regarded television company. No one should be fooled: It has no basis in fact or in law, and it will not succeed.”
No premiere date has been set for season 4 of We’re Here but the show is now in production.