HGTV’s “Battle of the Bling” host Todrick Hall has proven to be a polarizing figure in recent years. From suing for rent payments while claiming he owned his home on Celebrity Big Brother, to claims that he did not pay his backup dancers for specific videos.
Recently, Hall has been attracting attention for participating in a new reality show called The Real Friends of WeHo. Many users used social media to do this express their dislike for Hall’s casting and say they wouldn’t be watching. Fans of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” also moved boycott the new MTV showpartly due to the cast choices and partly due to the fact that drag race episodes were shortened from 90 minutes to 60 minutes to accommodate the Real Friends time slot. A fan even started a petition on Change.org to cancel The Real Friends of WeHo and return Drag Race to its extended run, which has over 30,000 signatures at the time of publication.
This week, Hall responded to the backlash he received for “Real Friends” and addressed his other scandals in one go handwritten statement which he uploaded to Instagram on January 20, 2023 ahead of the show’s premiere.
Read the nine-page letter below.
Todrick Hall shares a handwritten statement on Instagram
Todrick Hall addressed his handwritten letter to “Friends, Family, and Fans.” He wrote to them about the then-upcoming premiere of “Real Friends of WeHo,” which he called “bittersweet,” referring to the “influx of hate” he’d received. Hall goes on to share his experiences and address each of his three main controversies.
Speaking first to those requesting a cancellation of “Real Friends of WeHo,” Hall writes, “MTV would not ask RuPaul to cut his/her Emmy Award-winning hit for its 15th season to make room for our little.” to create a six-episode show. These decisions are made months in advance, and even after our six weeks are up, you won’t be getting 90-minute episodes. Before we create petitions against shows that offer queer people job opportunities on and off camera, let’s practice FAQ review.
Hall then moved on to his unpaid rent lawsuit, adding: “I own my home. I would never lie to the fans about it. It was a great achievement that would not have been possible without YOUR support over the years. I rented and bought at the same time, but now it’s mine. That’s all I can legally say.”
Finally, addressing the allegations of not paying his backup dancers, Hall says, “I love my dancers, I was just a dancer my entire career up until 2010. I have never failed to pay a dancer I promised to pay… EVER! If a dancer has done gigs or videos without payment; it was discussed before they even set foot in the rehearsal.”
The Real Friends of WeHo sees MTV ratings plummet
MTV ratings for Friday night, January 20th heavily submerged during the premiere of The Real Friends of WeHo. “Drag Race” drew 578,000 viewers and took sixth place in the ratings for the night, while only 186,000 tuned in to the first episode of “Real Friends.” “Real Friends of WeHo” ended the evening at number 69 in the ratings.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (an after show) aired at 10:00 p.m. after the premiere of “Real Friends” and saw an overall ratings surge of 214,000. TV deets reports that this is one of MTV’s least watched premieres in recent memory.
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