The BBC have confirmed that they have ‘paused’ production on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 2 due to growing concerns over COVID-19.
Speaking with Digital Spy, a BBC spokesperson emphasised that the second season has not been cancelled, however production and filming are momentarily postponed. The representative said, “In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, production on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be temporarily pausing filming both in consultation with and supported by the BBC.”
The spokesperson further stated, “We will continue to review all productions on a case by case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England.”
Rupaul’s Drag Race US has finished filming season 12, which is currently airing, except for the live finale. There has been no word on how production of this episode will be affected. All Stars 5 has also finished recording and expected to go ahead on schedule.
Numerous television shows and films have postponed production in the wake of COVID-19, including Riverdale, Grey’s Anatomy, Eastenders, Batwoman, The Goldbergs, Charmed, Empire and Nancy Drew. Movies such as James Bond: No Time to Die, Mulan, A Quiet Place 2 and The New Mutant are facing delays.
Events, such as Pride Parades and Eurovision are being halted to avoid mass gatherings in compliance with social distancing guidelines. LGBT+ spaces are closing, leading to many freelance artists and independent businesses facing uncertain financial times. Across the world, safety measures are being put into effect to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
RuPaul announced Drag Race UK season 2 last November, saying, “I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. This season’s queens proved that Britain’s Got Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent and I want to see more! Here’s to another season of love, laughter and light!”
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