Earlier this week, Rudy Giuliani was revealed as one of the contestants on the Season 7 premiere of Fox’s The Masked Singer, prompting judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke to walk off the stage in protest.
A source “close to the set” has shared more details about what allegedly went down during last week’s taping.
Speaking with People, the insider said Jeong “was super upset and indeed stormed out,” adding that “Robin actually followed him because he and Ken are very close friends and he wanted to check on him. Robin didn’t storm out because of Giuliani.”
According to another source, Jeong felt “disrespected” by the show’s decision to have Giuliani participate. “Ken felt disrespected and was livid to see Rudy was under the mask which is why he walked off. There’s no way he could hide his feelings,” they said.
The source went on to point out Jeong’s political views are far different from those of Giuliani, who was at the center of numerous antics with Donald Trump and the 2020 presidential election.
“Ken has been incredibly vocal about how the previous administration handled many things but especially COVID-19, and has found a lot of what they’ve said not only wrong but dangerous,” the source said. “To get someone who helped to spread misinformation and call into question the accuracy of our election and democracy to appear on his show was going to set him off.”
Representatives for Jeong had no additional comment when reached by Entertainment Weekly following the People report.