It’s been nearly a week since Ken Jeong walked off the set of The Masked Singer in protest of Rudy Giuliani‘s involvement on the show, and fans still have questions.
In case you missed last week’s season 7 episode of The Masked Singer, a contestant on the show named Jack in the Box was revealed to be former New York City mayor and U.S. Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani. After Rudy took off his mask, Ken instantly appeared upset and walked off the set as Rudy gave his final performance of George Thorogood & the Destroyers’ “Bad to the Bone.”
According to Deadline, when the episode was taped earlier this year, fellow panelist Robin Thicke also exited the stage, even though that part wasn’t shown in Wednesday night’s episode. The Washington Post reports that Rudy was subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection right before the episode was taped.
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Since the episode aired, Ken has not issued a response to the incident, though he continued to tweet out clips of The Masked Singer last Wednesday night. Unsurprisingly, Ken’s walkout prompted strong reactions and a lot of questions from fans. While some weren’t pleased with Ken’s decision to walk off the set, many applauded The Hangover star for “handling his disappointment professionally.” There were also some who wondered if the moment was “set up for ratings” by Fox and criticized the network for giving Rudy airtime, given his attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
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This isn’t the first time The Masked Singer has opted to book a controversial figure, however. In the past, the show has welcomed stars like former NFL star Antonio Brown, Youtuber Logan Paul and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. What’s more, several ABC shows have also opted to feature political figures in recent years, such as former Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Dancing With the Stars and a cameo from Kellyanne Conway on American Idol.
The next episode of The Masked Singer airs this Wednesday on Fox. It’s unclear whether Ken or any other cast members will ever address Rudy’s participation.
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