The Masked SingerThe show has hosted many famous actors, musicians, and athletes over the years. However, producers have been in trouble for a variety of reasons, including controversial contestants or other mishaps.
One of the Fox reality show’s earliest controversies came in March 2020 when Sarah PalinSeason 3 saw him unmasked as Bear. The series was the first to feature a politician, and not everyone was happy with the fact that the contestant pool was expanding beyond Hollywood.
“As if things aren’t mental enough, this evening Sarah Palin was revealed as a Masked Singer,” one viewer tweeted at the time. “2020 is killing me, man.”
It didn’t help matters that the Going RogueThe author was also unmasked on the same day. Tom HanksAnd Rita WilsonThe NBA announced that they had been diagnosed with COVID-19. They also announced the suspension of the 2019-2020 seasons due to the coronavirus epidemic. “Sarah Palin was just revealed as one of The Masked Singers and yes we are fully committed to dystopia,” author R. Eric ThomasTwitter was used at the time.
However, the former vice presidential candidate was not the first of many controversial contestants. The Masked Singer. The show was a hit in 2022 for its inclusion. Rudy GiulianiAnd Kirstie AlleyIn season 7. The ex-mayor of New York City has been criticized for his association with Donald TrumpWhile the CheersThe alum raised eyebrows with her erratic social media posts on the coronavirus pandemic, the war between Russia & Ukraine.
News of Giuliani’s participation leaked months before his episode actually aired, with DeadlineReporting February 2022 to judges Ken JeongAnd Robin ThickeAfter his unmasking, he walked out of the set.
The episode premiered two more months later. HangoverGiuliani, however, performed on the stage with the actor. The “Blurred Lines” singer, meanwhile, wasn’t shown exiting the set, but he did not appear alongside fellow judges Nicole ScherzingerAnd Jenny McCarthy when they were shown dancing to the former lawyer’s performance.
One month after the episode aired, a Fox executive said that he had “absolutely no regrets” about casting the disgraced politician on the show. “The Masked SingerIt is all about delivering jaw-dropping moments. [we] accomplished whether it was on set or with the viewers at home,” Rob WadeFox Entertainment president of alternative entertainment and specials, Jeremy Sullivan, said DeadlineIn May 2022. “My only regret or surprise was obviously that the reveal was spoiled.”
Continue scrolling for a peek back at The Masked Singer‘s controversies over the years.