‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Contestant Sherry Pie Apologizes For Inappropriate Behavior: ‘I Know That What I Did Was Wrong And Truly Cruel’
UPDATED: VH1 and production company World of Wonder have finally made a statement, revealing on the show’s Instagram page that the season will air as planned but that Sherry Pie will not attend the finale taping.
The post seems to imply that she may be a finalist on this season of the show. We have reached out to World of Wonder and VH1 for comment and will update this story if one is provided.
ORIGINAL STORY: RuPaul’s Drag Race is facing a PR nightmare heading into this season’s second episode, TV Deets has learned.
BuzzFeed News is reporting that a contestant on season 12 of the show, Sherry Pie, has apologized for inappropriate behavior following an investigation by the news outlet.
According to the report, 5 men have spoken out against Joey Gugliemelli, claiming that he had acted inappropriately at both SUNY Cortland in New York and at a theatre company that he worked at in Nebraska.
Among the allegations, Gugliemelli is accused of filming some of the men masturbating under the guise that he was working on an HBO production called Bulk. There was never any HBO production and as far as BuzzFeed News could tell, Gugliemelli did not have the connections that he was presenting himself to have.
Following the release of the report, Gugliemelli took to Facebook in an effort to apologize and attempt to clear his name.
“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,” he posted. “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.”
“Until being on RuPaul’s Drag Race, I never really understood how much my mental health and taking care of things meant,” he continued. “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. 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.”
As the outlet reports, originally, VH1, the production company behind the show, and Sherry Pie himself, all chose to deny BuzzFeed’s repeated requests for comment. Coincidentally, as soon as the story broke, Gugliemelli released his statement.
Despite the apology, VH1 and World of Wonder will be expected to answer some tough questions in the coming weeks: Do they keep Gugliemelli on the show? What did they know about his behavior before the season started shooting? Are there any gaps in the casting process and if so, what can be done to close them?
Clearly, RuPaul’s Drag Race has some explaining to do.