An executive at Fox said he had “absolutely no regrets” about former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani’s controversial reveal on “The Masked Singer.”
Viewers and some of the competition’s judges were shocked when the Jack in the Box character sang a terrible rendition of “Bad to the Bone” in the April 20 episode, and Trump’s former lawyer was revealed under the costume.
Celebrity judge Ken Jeong said “I’m done,” after the unmasking and stormed off the set. “This is definitely something I never would have guessed,” remarked panelist Robin Thicke, who reportedly followed after “The Hangover” actor, but his exit was not shown in the episode seven edit.
Liberal fans were hysterical at the conservative politician’s inclusion on the show.
“Rudy Giuliani was on the Masked Singer, when he should’ve been on Plea Deal or No Plea Deal,” complained one Twitter user.
Fox executive’s finally addressed the controversial reveal during a network conference call on Monday. Rob Wade, Fox Entertianment’s president of alternative entertainment & specials, revealed that they stood behind the casting decision.
“Yeah, absolutely no regrets,” Wade said. “The marketing is all about delivering jaw dropping moments, which is exactly what the casting accomplished and whether it was on set or with the viewers at home.”
Wade actually was dismayed by one element of the Giuliani episode. “I suppose my only regret or surprise was obviously the reveal was spoiled [by the media, but kudos to you guys,” he concluded. “Just please don’t do it again. Thanks a lot.”
The show continued to scandalize liberal viewers when conservative actress Kirstie Alley was revealed to be the masked celebrity to go home the next week.
“Kirstie Alley was revealed as Baby Mammoth, the week right after Rudy Giuliani was revealed,” moaned one social media user. “The Masked Singer has officially hit bottom.”